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Holly Tucker is Professor in the Department of French & Italian. She teaches a wide range of classes at Vanderbilt, from first-year seminars to graduate-level seminars on medicine, literature, and culture.

Across her research, Professor Tucker focuses how literature and medicine intersect in the early-modern period. Her work has received attention in The New YorkerThe New York Times, The Economist, as well as NPR, as well as publications specific to her field.

Professor Tucker’s publications include:

  • City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris  (W.W. Norton, 2017)
  • Blood Work:  A Tale of Medicine & Murder in the Scientific Revolution (W.W. Norton, 2011)
  • Pregnant Fictions:  Childbirth & the Fairy Tale in Early-Modern France (Wayne State UP, 2003)