Carol PalCarolPal


Office Phone: 802-440-4863
Email: cpal@bennington.edu


Barn 213b
Bennington College
1 College Drive
Bennington, Vermont 05201


Ph.D. in History, Stanford University

Carol Pal is a former auto mechanic and a former pastry chef.  Suddenly, in 1994, she realized she had completely forgotten to go to college.  She enrolled as a freshman at Mills, found her calling as a historian, and received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2007.  Following postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford and UCLA, she has taught history at Bennington College since 2008, spending the 2012-13 academic year as Dibner Fellow in the History of Science at the Huntington Library.

Pal’s first book, Republic of Women: Rethinking the Republic of Letters in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2012), was awarded the American Historical Association’s Joan Kelley Memorial Prize for best book in women’s history.  Based on her dissertation, which won Stanford’s Elizabeth Spilman Rosenfield Dissertation Prize, Republic of Women is a case study of female scholars in the seventeenth-century republic of letters. In addition to chapters in various edited collections, Pal is also the editor of a sourcebook in the history of medicine, to be published in 2015, and is currently working on a translation of the works of Marie du Moulin, which will appear as part of the series The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe.  Her next project, entitled Transient Technologies, explores some of the lost practices of early modern knowledge-making.

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