Allison Kavey

Allison Kavey

Full professor; coordinator of Humanities and Justice major
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 PhD  The Johns Hopkins University
 BS  Cornell University



Allison Kavey is a full professor in the History Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). She received her PhD in 2004 from the Department of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at The Johns Hopkins University.  She is a member of the CUNY Graduate Center faculty in the History Department.

JJC Affiliations

Humanities and Justice, Graduate Center

Professional Memberships

GEMCS board at the Graduate Center

Executive Committee for the History Department at the Graduate Center

History of Science Society

Renaissance Society of America

Course Taught

HJS 250, 315, 410, 415

HIS 131, 240, 425

Languages spoken/fluent in

French, German, Latin

Scholarly Work

She is the author of Books of Secrets: Popular Natural Philosophy in England, 1550-1600 (Illinois, 2007).  She is co-author with Lester D. Friedman of Monstrous Progeny: a History of the Frankenstein Narratives ( Rutgers, 2018) and co-editor with Friedman of an guest volume of Literature and Medicine dedicated to Frankenstein (2018).  She is co-author with Rae-Ellen Kavey, MD. of Viral Pandemics: Smallpox to Covid-19 (Routledge, 2020).  She is also the co-editor with Lester Friedman of Second Star to the Right: Peter Pan in the Popular Imagination (Rutgers, 2010).  She has also written many articles on fields ranging from medical humanities to Agrippa.

Research Summary

She is currently working on a book about the magical universe proposed by Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim's in his Three Books of Occult Philosophy. Future projects include a history of eugenics with David Munns and another project with Lester Friedman.

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Biomedical Ethics
Viruses & Pathogens
Women / Gender Justice

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Biomedical ethics, history of science, history of medicine, viruses, public health, queer theory, eugenics, magic

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