Faculty Directory

Kristy Wilson Bowers


Fields of Study: Early Modern Europe, History of Science and Medicine

E-mail: kbowers1@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-6812
Office: Zulauf 612

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001

Current Research: My current research aims to tie early modern Spaniards into the larger intellectual movements of early modern Europe. One aspect examines a variety of medical debates in early modern Spain, including standards of education and training, the nature of and best treatment for several diseases including typhus and plague, and the best method for healing wounds. These all reflect larger questions that permeated Europe in this era, those of tradition versus innovation and book learning versus experience. A second project seeks to uncover specific intellectual networks that tied early modern Spaniards to their colleagues throughout Europe.


Major/Recent Publications:

  • Plague and Public Health in Early Modern Spain. University of Rochester Press, 2013.
  • “Tradition and Innovation in Spanish Medicine: Bartolomé Hidalgo de Agüero and the Vía ParticularSixteenth Century Journal XLI/1 (2010): 29-47. Contributing author: Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic, Joseph P. Byrne, editor. Greenwood Press, 2008.
  • "Balancing Individual and Communal Needs: Plague and Public Health in Early Modern Seville" Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81 (2007), 335-358.
  • Contributing author: Science and Its Times, vols. 3-5, Neil Schlager, editor. Gale Research, 2000-2001.

Teaching Interests: My teaching interests are broad, thus I have taught a wide variety of courses. Many of my courses fall within the early modern era of European history, but others carry me from the ancient world (history of science) to the current era (Western Civ, Modern World, Spain since 1475). I enjoy the broader perspective offered by working in a number of different eras and fields and work to bring those perspectives into the classroom.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 110 Western Civilization to 1500
  • HIST 111 Western Civilization 1500-1815
  • HIST 112 Western Civilization since 1815
  • HIST 295 Historical Methods
  • HIST 315 Spain Since 1475
  • HIST 323 History of Science to Newton
  • HIST 420 The Renaissance
  • HIST 421 The Catholic and Protestant Reformations
  • HIST 495 Senior Thesis