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Holly Tucker is the Mellon Foundation Chair in the Humanities and Professor in French. 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 been reviewed in Nature, The New YorkerThe New York Times, The Economist, among others, and has been featured as well on NPR, The Atlantic, Scientific American, in addition to journals specific to her field.  Tucker is the recipient of the Ellen Gregg Ingall’s award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the VU Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research.

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)