Marcia (Marcy) Norton

Visiting Scholar (Aug 2021-Jan 2022)


Marcy Norton is associate professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her doctorate in History from University of California at Berkeley. A historian of human-animal relations, environment, and science and technology, she specializes in the early modern Atlantic World, with a particular focus on colonialism and entanglements between Native communities in Mexico and Greater Amazonia and Iberian colonizers. Her publications include Sacred Gifts, Profane Pleasures: A History of Tobacco and Chocolate in the Atlantic World (Cornell University Press, 2008. Winner of the best book prize from the Association for the Study of Food and Society), “Subaltern Technologies and Early Modernity in the Atlantic World” (Colonial Latin America Review, 2017) and two articles that appeared in American Historical Review, “Tasting Empire: Chocolate and the Internalization of Mesoamerican Aesthetics” (2006) and “The Chicken or the Iegue: Human-Animal Relationships and the Columbian Exchange” (2015). She is finishing a book entitled Tame and the Wild: People and Animals after 1492, to be published by Harvard University Press in 2022.

She is also working on projects about the emergence of the modern naturalist and specimen, and the entangled histories of senses and technology. At the MPIWG she is a member of the “Out of Place, Out of Time” working group.


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Animals and Entangled Epistemologies in the Early Modern Atlantic World


Past Events


Indigenous Epistemology and “European” Science: The Entangled Histories and Afterlives of Two 16th-Century Mexican Zoological Projects