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Sara Black

Sara Black

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 313
(757) 594-8621


  • Ph D in History, Rutgers University
  • BA in European Studies and Music, The College of William and Mary


History of Medicine
French History
Cultural History
European History
Global History


History of Medicine
Modern France
Cultural History
Intellectual History
History of the Body


Dr. Black is a historian of medicine in modern France researching the history of psychotropic drugs at the intersection of medicine and culture. Her current book project, “Psychotropic Society: The Medical and Cultural History of Drugs in France, 1840-1920,” explores the interconnected histories of six psychotropic substances: opium, morphine, ether, chloroform, cocaine, and hashish. It traces the vast community of medical knowledge producers who contributed to the normalization of psychotropic consumption in the nineteenth century, both within medical practice and within French society as a whole.

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Doctors on Drugs: Medical Professionals and the Proliferation of Morphine Addiction in Nineteenth-Century France. Social History of Medicine. Volume, 30. Issue, 1. Pages, 114-136.
  • Book Review
    (2016). Black on Bourke, 'The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers'. H-War Reviews.

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