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Dr Amanda Herbert

Associate Professor (Early Modern Americas)

Associate Professor (Early Modern Americas) in the Department of History
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 


Amanda E. Herbert holds the MA and PhD degrees in History from Johns Hopkins University, where she worked under the direction of Prof. John W. Marshall. She completed her BA with Distinction in History and Germanics at the University of Washington, where she worked with Prof. F.J. Levy. She is an historian of the body: gender and sexuality; health and wellness; emotion and feeling; food, drink, and appetite. Her first book, Female Alliances: Gender, Identity, and Friendship in Early Modern Britain, was published by Yale University Press in 2014, and won the Best Book Award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender. She has published articles in Gender & History, The Journal of Social History, and Early American Studies. From 2017-2021 she served as co-director for Before 'Farm to Table': Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, a $1.5 million Mellon Foundation initiative in collaborative research at the Folger Institute; as part of this project she co-curated an exhibition at the Folger in 2019, "First Chefs: Fame and Foodways from Britain to the Americas." She is an editor for The Recipes Project, an international Digital Humanities project based out of Brock University, Canada, and co-organizer for the SSHRC project Writing Class: Public Engagement and Politics in the New Class History. She is at work on two book projects: Spa Medicine and Body Politics in the British Atlantic, which seeks to refigure and reclaim the early modern spa as an important site for the study of public health; and Leftovers: the Afterlives of Early Modern Food, which explores culinary preservation, foods given in charity, boxing and packaging, reuse and recyling, and faux foods. 

Esteem Indicators

  • 2019: Best Article: Judith Walkowitz Prize, North American Conference on British Studies:
  • 2015: Best Book: Society for the Study of Early Modern Women & Gender:


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