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Claire Litt


I am a fourth-year Ph.D candidate under the supervision of Dr. Anthony D’Elia and Dr. Una D’Elia. My research interests include women’s history, material culture, and the history of science and medicine in early modern Italy. My dissertation focusses on Medici women’s uses of gemstones and minerals for health and beauty during the period of the Florentine Grand Duchy.

Selected Publications

Book Reviews

  • Sharon T. Strocchia. 2019. Forgotten Healers: Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy. Cambridge: Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, in Sixteenth Century Journal, (Forthcoming).
  • Michael Bycroft and Sven Dupré (Eds.) 2019. Gems in the Early Modern World: Materials, Knowledge and Global Trade, 1450-1800 Palgrave Macmillan, in Journal of Early Modern History, (April 2020).

Conference Presentations

  • “Medusa’s Blood.” Magic, Myth and Medicine Graduate Conference. McGill University. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. April 12 2019.
  • “Vesalius’s Paradox.” Jacalyn Duffin Medical Humanities Conference. Queen’s University. Kingston, Ontario, Canada. April 14 2018.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.