Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford

Department of History
Associate Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator
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  • HIST 11050: Ancient and Medieval World History 
  • HIST 31543: The Scientific Revolution
  • HIST 31550: Medicine in the Modern World Since 1500
  • HIST 31031: The Reformation
  • HIST 31141: Early Latin America

I am a specialist in the history of science and medicine in the early modern world with an emphasis on the Iberian Atlantic. In 2016, my first book, The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and focused on the ways in which the story of cinchona bark, a medicinal tree bark from the Andes that later gave rise to the anti-malarial drug quinine, highlights the fraught and fragile relationship between science and empire in the early modern Atlantic world. I have published articles in Osiris, Atlantic Studies and the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies with an article forthcoming in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation. I hold a PhD in History and Science Studies and an MA in History from the University of California, San Diego and have had research fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library, the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation), and the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati. As Kent State’s first historian of science and medicine, I am committed to building a curriculum and community for people with interests in the historical, social, and philosophical aspects of science, medicine, and technology. When not doing history, I enjoy playing guitar, riding my bike, and spending time with my family.

  • Barbara S. Mosbacher Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library (2012)
  • Herdegen Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation (2011)
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Kent State University (2010)
  • J. William Fulbright Fellowship, Madrid, Spain (2005-2006)
  • Short-Term Fellowship, Science History Institute (2018)
  • Francis A. Countway Fellowship, Center for the History of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (2016)


Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (2009), M.A., University of California, San Diego (2005), B.A., Tufts University (2000)


History of Science and Medicine, Iberian Atlantic World, Early Modern Europe


  • Crawford, Matthew James. "A 'Reasoned Proposal' against 'Vain Science:' Creole Negotiations of an Atlantic Medicament in the Audiencia of Quito (1776-1792)." Atlantic Studies 7, no. 4 (2010): 397-419.
  • Aranda, Marcelo et. al. “The History of Atlantic Science: Collective Reflections on the 2009 Harvard Seminar on Atlantic History.” Edited by Matthew James Crawford and Kelly Wisecup. Atlantic Studies 7, no. 4 (2010): 493-509.
  • Crawford, Matthew James. “Para Desterrar las Dudas y Adulteraciones:Scientific Expertise and the Attempts to Make a Better Bark for the Royal Monopoly of Quina (1751-1790),” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 8, no. 2 (2007): 193-212.