Monica H. Green is a primary contributor to a new field of inquiry: the history of women’s health care in premodern Europe. In addition to her academic career, she has published extensively on various aspects of this new subject. Several of her major essays are collected in Women’s Healthcare and the Medieval West: Texts and Contexts (Ashgate, 2000), and her edition and translation of The “Trotula”: A Medieval Compendium of Women’s Medicine was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2001.
During her fellowship year, Green will undertake a general study of the twelfth-century medical school of Salerno, long acknowledged as a key locus in the development of Western medical traditions. Synthesizing archival research from the last two centuries, Green will recount medieval Salerno’s distinctive achievements, many of which were the products of the confluence of Mediterranean cultures. She will illustrate the particular influence that local women’s medical practices had on the creation and introduction of Salerno’s new approach to scientific medicine.
Green, who received her PhD in the history of science from Princeton University, has held fellowships at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and the National Humanities Center. She was an associate professor of history at Duke University until 2001, when she was appointed professor of history at Arizona State University.