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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


PhD student

PhD research funded by a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentship

College: Newnham
Supervisors: Prof Lauren Kassell; Prof Daniel Margocsy
Advisor: Dr Rebecca Flemming
Thesis topic: Menstruation and the moon in early modern England
Research interests: Early modern science & medicine; astrology & natural philosophy; social & cultural histories of gender



For Lent term 2022, I will be a Visiting Student in the Department of History and Civilisation at the European University Institute (EUI).



'Menstruation and the moon: health and disease in early modern women's wombs.' Renaissance Society of America (RSA) Annual Meeting, Dublin, March 2022.


'Motherhood, menstrual blood, and the moon: life and death in the early modern womb.' History of Science Society (HSS) Annual Meeting, online, November 2021.

'Menstruation and the moon in early modern science.' Workshop for the Early Modern Period, University of Cambridge, September 2021.

'Blood, bodies and the moon: creating a child in early modern medical texts.' The Art and Science of the Moon conference, Royal Museums Greenwich, November 2019.

'Sex, generation and the moon in seventeenth-century England.' British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Postgraduate Conference, University of Cambridge, April 2019.



Lead supervisor for Part II Paper 1: Early Science & Medicine.



Research Fellow, The Science Museum, 2021.

Visiting Student, Department of History and Civilisation, European University Institute (EUI), Spring 2022.


Public Engagement

Rhianna Elliott, 'Bloodletting and the treatment of menstrual disorders in early modern England', 06 Feb 2020, Hektoen International.