Tara Nummedal (PhD, Stanford, 2001; MA, University of California, Davis, 1996; BA, Pomona College, 1992) is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department. She is the author of Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire (University of Chicago Press, 2007) and is currently completing her second book, "The Lion’s Blood: Alchemy, Gender, and Apocalypse in Reformation Germany." She recently served as guest editor of “Alchemy and Religion in Christian Europe,” Special issue, Ambix 60, no. 4 (November 2013). Her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and, most recently, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is Past President of the New England Renaissance Conference and a member of the editorial board of the journal Ambix. She teaches courses in early modern European history and the history of science.