Craig Martin

Craig Martin

Office: 403 Varner Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3527
Fax: (248) 370-3528


Ph.D., Harvard University

Major Fields:

Renaissance Europe, History of Science


Specializing in the Italian Renaissance and Early Modern history of science, Prof. Martin has conducted research throughout Italy, including Florence, Bologna, Venice, Rome and Padua. Since joining OU in 2006, Prof. Martin has earned several prestigious honors. In 2014-2015, he was a long-term fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library supported by the NEH. The American Academy in Rome awarded him the 2011-2012 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-doctoral Rome Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, and he earned a long-term Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. for 2008-2009. He has also been a fellow at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies and worked in Venice supported by fellowships from the Krieble Delmas Foundation. In addition, he has received three OU research fellowships and won OU’s New Investigator Research Award. Along with serving as the department’s undergraduate advisor, Prof. Martin has taught courses in Early Modern Europe, the Italian Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution, the Black Death, the Occult Sciences, Ancient Science, and introductory classes in both modern and pre-modern history of science and in European History. Prof. Martin has authored two books while at OU. The first book,  Renaissance Meteorology: Pomponazzi to Descartes , explains scientific theories about the weather during the Renaissance, including topics such as the causes of natural disasters and the use of alchemy to understand the weather. The second book,  Subverting Aristotle: Philosophy, History, and Religion in Early Modern Science,  came out in the spring of 2014. It discusses how scholars used history to determine whether Aristotle's philosophy could be reconciled with Christianity. He is currently working on a project on knowledge of winds in the early modern period.




Subverting Aristotle: History, Philosophy, and Religion in Early Modern Science (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

Renaissance Meteorology: Pomponazzi to Descartes
 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011).

Articles and Book Chapters

"Aristotle and Aristotelianism," in Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, ed. Gary B. Ferngren (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), 23-36.  Co-authored with Edward Grant.

"The Aeoliphile as Experimental Model in Early Modern Science," Perspectives on Science 24 (2016): 264-84.

“Lodovico Settala’s Aristotelian Problemata Commentary and Late-Renaissance Hippocratic Medicine,” in Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy, eds. Peter Distelzweig, Benjamin Goldberg, and Evan Ragland (Dordrecht: Springer, 2016), 19-42. 

"Providence and Sixteenth-Century Attacks on Averroes," in Averroes' Natural Philosophy and Its Reception in the Latin West, ed. P. J. J. M. Bakker (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2015), 193-212.

"The Invention of Atmosphere," Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 52 (2015): 44-54.

"Humanism and the Assessment of Averroes in the Renaissance," in Averroism and Its Aftermath, eds. Anna Akasoy and Guido Giglioni (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013), 65-80.

"Causation in Descartes' Les Météores and Late Renaissance Meteorology," in The Mechanization of Natural Philosophy, eds. Sophie Roux and Daniel Garber (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013), 217-36.

"Meteorology for Courtiers and Ladies: Vernacular Aristotelianism in Renaissance Italy," Philosophical Readings 4:2 (2012): 3-14.

"The Ends of Weather: Teleology in Renaissance Meteorology," Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (2010): 259-82.

"Conjecture, Probabilism, and Provisional Knowledge in Renaissance Meteorology," Early Science and Medicine 14 (2009): 265-289.

"Scientific Terminology and the Effects of Humanism: Renaissance Translations of Meteorologica IV and the Commentary Tradition" in M. Goyens, P. De Leemans, and A. Smets, eds., Science Translated: Latin and Vernacular Translations of Scientific Treatises in Medieval Europe (Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2008).

“Rethinking Renaissance Averroism,” Intellectual History Review 17 (2007): 3-19.

“With Aristotelians Like These, Who Needs Anti-Aristotelians?: Corpuscular Chemistry in Niccolò Cabeo’s Meteorology,” Early Science and Medicine 11 (2006): 135-161.

“Alchemy and the Renaissance Commentary Tradition on Meteorologica IV,” Ambix: The Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry 51 (2004): 245-262.

“The Authentic Hippocrates in the Renaissance: The Case of the ‘De alimento,’” Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 90, no.4 (2004): 17-28.

“Francisco Vallés and the Renaissance Reinterpretation of Aristotle’s Meteorologica IV as a Medical Text,” Early Science and Medicine 7 (2002): 1-30.