Mary Lindemann


Ph.D., University of Cincinnati (1980);

Office: Rm. 619-B Ashe
Phone: (305) 284-5910
Fields of Interest: Early Modern Europe, Germany, History of Medicine


Mary Lindemann received her graduate education at the University of Cincinnati and did her dissertation research in Hamburg. She currently works on early modern German, Dutch, and Flemish history as well as medical history in the early modern world. Her first book, Patriots and Paupers: Hamburg, 1712-1830 (Oxford University Press, 1990), was named “An Outstanding Academic Book for 1990" by Choice. She then embarked on a medical historical topic and spent two years on a post-doctoral fellowship at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel (Germany). The result was Health and Healing in Eighteenth-Century Germany (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996). In 1998 the American Association of the History of Medicine named Health and Healing the winner of its William H. Welch Medal book prize. A survey, Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe, appeared in Fall 1999 with Cambridge University Press in the series “New Approaches to European History” and has since been translated into Spanish (2001) and Portuguese (2003).  The second, revised edition was published in 2010; a Turkish edition was published in 2013. Her Liaisons dangereuses: Sex, Law, and Diplomacy in the Age of Frederick the Great, appeared in May 2006 with Johns Hopkins University Press. Her most recent book, The Merchant Republics: Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Hamburg, 1648-1790, appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2015. She has been working (sporadically) on a short book tentatively titled “Charlotte’s Web: History, Literature, and the Power of the Imagination” and has also embarked on a new, and more expansive research project about “The Fractured Lands: Northern Germany in an Age of Unending War, 1650-1700.” She has co-edited (with David Luebke, University of Oregon) a collection of articles on “Mixed Matches: Transgressive Unions in Early Modern Germany” for the Spektrum series of the German Studies Association (2014)  and is preparing another volume in that series, co-edited with Jared Poley (Georgia State University), on “Money in the German-Speaking Lands.”  Professor Lindemann has received many major scholarly awards including an NEH Fellowship for 1997-98 and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 1998-99. During the academic year 2002-2003, she was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar (The Netherlands). She was a Fellow at the Herzog August Bibliothek from January through June 2006. In summer 2007 and summer 2008 she was an Affiliate of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. During spring semester 2011, she was a Fellow-In-Residence at the Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts (VLAC) in Brussels and gave presentations at the Free University of Brussels, the University of Gent, and the University of Antwerp.  In 2013, she was named a Senior Research Fellow of the State of Lower Saxony (at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany) for 2014-2016.  Professor Lindemann serves on several editorial boards, among them Central European History and the book series with Brill Academic Publishers on “Central European Histories.”  She is additionally one of a team of three editors (with Anne Cruz and Mihoko Suzuki) of Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal based at the University of Miami.  In 2014 she was elected Vice-President of the German Studies Association for a term from 2015-2016 and, in 2017, she will become President of that organization.


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