Craig Martin

Craig Martin


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Craig Martin
Associate professor
Department of History

Craig Martin, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of History. Specializing in the Italian Renaissance and Early Modern history of science, Dr. Martin has conducted research in various cities throughout Italy, including Florence, Bologna, Venice, Rome and Padua.

Since joining Oakland in 2006, Dr. Martin has earned several prestigious honors. 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 also earned a Dibner Fellowship in the History of Science at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif. In addition, he has received two OU research fellowships and also won the New Investigator Research Award.

Along with serving as the department’s undergraduate advisor, Dr. Martin has taught courses in Early Modern Europe, Italian Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, Black Death, and introductory classes in the history of science and in European History.

With a Ph.D. from Harvard University, Dr. Martin has authored two books while at Oakland. 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 is due in the spring of 2014. It discusses how scholars used history to determine whether Aristotle's philosophy could be reconciled with Christianity.

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