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Michele Clouse

Dr. Michele Clouse
Associate Professor
Bentley Annex 431

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  • Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Davis


  • Europe; Early Modern Period
  • Spain
  • Medicine; Legal History

Michele Clousoe is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of History. She specializes in the history of medicine with a special interest in the intersection of medical ideas and practices with politics, law, and society in early modern Europe, 1400-1700. Her research interests include the history of medicine and science, the intersection between political and intellectual culture in early modern Europe, the legal and institutional history of the early modern state, and the role of women and socially marginal figures as medical and scientific practitioners.


  • Medicine, Government, and Public Health in Philip II’s Spain: Shared Interests, Competing Authorities (Ashgate, 2011).

She is currently working on a study of medical services, personnel, and patients in hospitals in early modern Spain. Future projects include a comparative study of medical education in the universities of Spain and Portugal before, during and after the Spanish annexation of Portugal in 1580, and a study of apothecaries and pharmaceutical practices in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.


Michele Clouse has been recognized as an Outstanding Undergraduate Adviser in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her courses include:

  • HIST 1222: Medieval History in Film & Literature
  • HIST 1320: Introduction to World History before 1750
  • HIST 3111J: Historical Research and Writing
  • HIST 3501: Nature, Science, and Religion to 1800
  • HIST 3542: The European Reformation
  • HIST 3560: Italian Renaissance
  • HIST 3715: Sex, Crime and Deviance in Europe, 1200-1800
  • Tier III: Plagues, Diseases and Public Health in History to 1800