Sandra Cavallo

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2018-Mar 2018)

Professor of Early Modern History, History Department, Royal Holloway

Sandra Cavallo obtained her PhD from UCL with a thesis on charity and medical poor-relief in early modern Italy. From 1991 to 1995, she held a Wellcome Award in the History of Medicine at the University of Exeter, then moved to Royal Holloway, where she is professor of Early Modern History and co-director of the Centre for the Study of the Body and Material Culture. She held fellowships at the EHESS (Paris) and the EUI (Florence) and served in the editorial boards of Genesis and Social History of Medicine.

Sandra’s current research interests lie at the intersection between the history of medicine and the home. She has been Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior and participated in the exhibition project "At Home in Renaissance Italy" (Victoria & Albert Museum 2006–2007). From 2009 to 2012, she led the Wellcome Trust Project Grant “Healthy Homes Healthy Bodies,” which revealed the pervasive role of preventive concerns in shaping the life, design, and material culture of the early modern home. At the MPIWG, she will explore the impact of Early Vernacular Medical Books on the domestic culture of health. A parallel project is a microhistory of the Roman Baroque palace.


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Early Vernacular Medical Books: Making, Users and Uses, Impact


Selected Publications

Cavallo, Sandra and Tessa Storey, eds. (2017). Conserving health in early modern culture : bodies and environments in Italy and England. Social Histories of Medicine. Manchester University Press.

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Cavallo, Sandra and Tessa Storey (2013). Healthy living in late Renaissance Italy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Cavallo, Sandra and Silvia Evangelisti (2009). Domestic institutional interiors in early modern Europe. Visual culture in early modernity. Aldershot: Ashgate.

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Cavallo, Sandra (2007). Artisans of the body in early modern Italy : identities, families, masculinities. Manchester University Press.

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

"Gender and Space In and Out the Roman Baroque Palace"

Gender, Space and the City in Global History, Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, University of Tokyo

"The Domestic Culture of Health in Early Modern Europe"

The Domestic Sphere in Europe (16th-19th Century), Thun, Switzerland

"Managing the Air in the Early Modern Italian Domestic Environment"

 A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Ohio