Nancy Siraisi

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Nancy Siraisi
Born 1932
Nationality American
Fields historian of medicine
Institutions Hunter College
Alma mater University of Oxford, City University of New York
Notable awards MacArthur Fellows Program

Nancy G. Siraisi (born 1932) is an American historian of medicine, and distinguished professor emerita in history at Hunter College,[1] and City University of New York.[2]


Siraisi received a B.A. (1953) and an M.A. (1958) from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. (1970) from the City University of New York. She was a professor of history at Hunter College (1970–2003) and the Graduate Center (1976–2003) at the City University of New York.

Siraisi is a leading scholar in the history of medicine and science of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Her research has ranged widely across these two distinct fields, from her first book on the university curriculum in medieval Padua to her current work on the role of doctors in history-writing in the Renaissance.

Through her numerous publications and professional activities, Siraisi has contributed to the growth of the history of science and medicine while also fostering the continued close interaction of these fields with "mainstream" history, notably through her faithful teaching of general medieval and Renaissance history and her insistence on careful contextualization.