Elly R. Truitt has a PhD in History from Harvard University. She teaches medieval history, including courses on medieval medicine, the history of magic, intellectual history, the crusades, global networks in the Middle Ages, and courtly culture. Her research interests are in the history of science, medicine, and technology.
Elly has published articles on the history of astronomy, pharmacobotany, timekeeping technologies, and the history of automata. Her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Huntington Library, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. She is the author of Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). She is currently working on several projects, including an article on translation in Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe, a new translation of a work by Roger Bacon, and a book about Roger Bacon's speculative technology.