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About Brian W. Ogilvie

I am an intellectual and cultural historian of Europe, with special interests in the history of science, scholarship, and religion from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment. I am currently Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 2009 throught 2012 I am directing the university's Oxford Summer Seminar. Starting in 2010 I am also co-director of the Digital Humanities Initiative in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. I have previously served as Graduate Program Director in History.
I am engaged in several research projects in cultural history and the history of science. I teach Renaissance and early modern European history, history of science, and history of religion. You can also see my profile for the history department and my curriculum vitae (PDF file).
My book The Science of Describing: Natural History in Renaissance Europe was published on June 1, 2006, by the University of Chicago Press. It has been favorably reviewed in Nature (PDF file), TLS, New Scientist, and a dozen academic journals. It received honorable mention (2nd place) in the History of Science category in the Association of American Publishers’ 2006 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division Awards for Excellence (see the AAP's press release). A paperback edition was released in March 2008.


Present Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • NEH Fellowship for University Teachers, 2003

Contact Information

Department of History
Herter Hall, Room 614
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9312
Tel: 413-545-1599
Fax: 413-545-6137