I gained my doctorate in Modern History from the University of Oxford in 2006. Before joining the MPIWG, I was a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at the University of Warwick. In 2006 and 2007, I held short-term fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library. My article "Making Medicines in the Early Modern Household," (82, 2008) was awarded the 2009 J. Worth Estes Prize by the American Association for the History of Medicine and the 2010 Jerry Stannard Award.
My research is centered upon medical and scientific knowledge transfer and production. My interdisciplinary projects use theories and methods in the history of the book and the history of reading to elucidate practical knowledge and quotidian activities within the domestic sphere. I am currently working on two book-length projects. The first, Treasuries for Health: Making Recipe Knowledge in the Early Modern Household is the first major study of informal "science" and medicine in early modern English Households. The second, Reading Rivière in Early Modern England, uses the story of Lazare Rivière’s bestselling Praxis medica/The Practice of Physick to explore the production, transfer and codification of vernacular medical knowledge in early modern Europe. I am also interested in investigating women’s medical knowledge and practice and how this knowledge was generated, acquired and transmitted. Finally, I have particular interests in note-taking, paper technologies, and household archives of natural knowledge. With Alisha Rankin (Tufts University), I edited Secrets and Knowledge: Medicine, Science and Commerce 1500-1800 (Ashgate Publishing, 2011).
Early Modern Recipes Online Collective
Paper Cures: Managing Knowledge and Health in the Early Modern Household
Reading Rivière in Early Modern England
The Recipes Project: Food, Magic, Art, Science, and Medicine
Translating Medicine in the Premodern World
Treasuries for Health: Making Recipe Knowledge in the Early Modern Household
Vernacular Medical Books in Early Modern England
Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge
Leong, E. (2017). Brewing ale and boiling water in 1651. In M. Valleriani (Ed.), The structures of practical knowledge (pp. 55-75). Cham: Springer.Read
Leong, E., & Rankin, A. (Eds.). (2017). Testing drugs and trying cures [Special Issue]. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 92(2),.Read
Leong, E., & Rankin, A. (2017). Testing drugs and trying cures: experiment and medicine in medieval and early modern Europe. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 92(2), 157-182. doi:10.1353/bhm.2017.0023.Read
Leong, E. (2016). 'Herbals she peruseth': reading medicine in early modern England. In R. Cooter (Ed.), History of medicine. Vol. 2: Early modern medicine (pp. 292-316). London [u.a.]: Routledge.Read
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
"Making and Knowing Reconstruction Workshop," Chemical Heritage Foundation, U.S.A.
"Sources for Global History of Science" workshop, Columbia University, U.S.A.
Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany
Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft, Universität Bremen, Germany
SAW History of Science, History of Text seminar, Université Paris 7, CNRS, Laboratoire SPHERE, Paris.
History of Science Society (HSS) Annual Meeting in Chicago, U.S.A.
HSTM Colloquium, University of Minnesota U.S.A.
Physicians, Paper and Polis Workshop. MPIWG and Institute for the History of Medicine and Ethics, Charité, Berlin, Germany
University of Basel
Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
CRASSH, University of Cambridge