Faculty Directory

Kristy Wilson Bowers


Fields of Study: Early Modern Europe

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

Education: Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001

Current Research: My research encompasses various aspects of the history of medicine in early modern Spain. I am currently working on a manuscript which examines the impact of bubonic plague epidemics on the development of public health in Spain during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In addition, I have a second project nearing completion which examines changes in surgical practice in Seville within the larger context of intellectual change in the sixteenth century.


Major/Recent Publications:

  • Contributing author: Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic, Joseph P. Byrne, editor. Forthcoming, 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 171 The World Since 1500
  • HIST 315 Spain Since 1475
  • HIST 323 History of Science to Newton
  • HIST 420 The Renaissance
  • HIST 421 The Catholic and Protestant Reformations
  • HIST 422 Early Modern Europe
  • HIST 491 Senior Thesis