Alicia Petersen

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PhD Student
Research Areas: 
History of science and medicine; history of the body; book history; early modern England and France


Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Alicia received a BA in History and a BS in Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. Following graduation, Alicia moved to Washington, DC, where she interned with the National Museum of the United States Navy. She remained in DC for the next four years, which she spent working at a nonprofit in higher education. At Yale, Alicia’s research addresses how knowledge is shaped by the medium through which it is transmitted. Specifically, Alicia studies the impact of print’s materiality on understandings of the body in 16th- and 17th-century England and France. She is interested in how print as a technology allowed for new and more widespread interactions with human bodily interiors.