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Sara Black

Sara Black

Assistant Professor

McMurran Hall 313
(757) 594-8621
sara.black@cnu.edu

Education

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

Teaching

History of Medicine
French History
Cultural History
European History
Global History

Research

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

Biography

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.


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