Sarah Lewin

Sarah Lewin


  • PhD Student

I am a fourth year PhD student focusing on early modern European history of gender, medicine, and the occult. My current project examines the seemingly intertwined relationships of witchcraft, demonic possession, and melancholia in Western Europe. I am interested in how medical, judicial, and lay experts examined feminine bodies exhibiting abnormal behavior. My goal is to uncover how women presenting similar symptoms were “diagnosed” with medical abnormalities on some occasions, and supernatural afflictions in other instances. I believe by reexamining the current medical and supernatural historiography of the early modern period, historians may gain greater insight into body politics, gender, and conceptions of expertise.

Ph.D. Student, History August 2015 - present
Mississippi State University

B.A., History August 2010 - May 2013
Oglethorpe University

● Magna Cum Laude

● Early and Modern European History

● History of Science and Medicine

● Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

● Folklore and the Occult

● Body Politics

● “Melancholic Monsters: Distinguishing Melancholy and Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe,” presented at the Southern History of Science & Technology Conference; Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi (March 2018)

● “Diagnosing Demons: Witchcraft, Demonic Possession, and Melancholia in Sixteenth and Seventeenth- Century Europe,” poster talk displayed at the History of Science Society Conference; Toronto, Canada (November 2017)

● "Poison For All: Arsenic Crisis in 1830s Britain," presented at the Southern Conference on British Studies; Dallas, Texas (November 2017)

● "Diagnosing Demons: Witchcraft, Demonic Possession, and Melancholia in Sixteenth and Seventeenth- Century Europe," presented at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference; Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 2017)

● "A Business of Death: Arsenic Abuse in 1830s Britain," presented at the Southern History of Science & Technology Conference; Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee (April 2017)

● "Internship Opportunities within the History Department," presented at the Liberal Arts & Sciences Symposium; Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia (April 2012)

● Super Graduate Teaching Assistantship (2015-2018)

● Leo Bilancio Award, [Annual Award presented to Top Graduating Senior in the History Department] Oglethorpe University; Spring 2013

● Historical Tour Coordinator, Piedmont Park (November 2012 - November 2013)

● Intern, The William Bremen Jewish Heritage & Holocaust Museum (January 2012 - May 2012)

Language Skills

● French

● Latin

Teaching Assistant, Early U.S. History August 2016 - May 2017, August 2018 - Present Mississippi State University

Research Associate, Summer 2016, 2017, & 2018

Instructor Of Record, American Women And Gender History

Mississippi State University January 2018 - May 2018

Teaching Assistant, Modern U.S. History

Mississippi State University August 2015 - December 2015, August 2017 - December 2017

Teaching Assistant, Modern Western World Mississippi State University, January 2016 - May 2016

● American Association for the Advancement of Science

● American Historical Association

● History of Science Society

● Phi Alpha Theta, Inducted Fall 2011. [Sigma Sigma Chapter President, Fall 2012 - Spring 2013]

● Sixteenth Century Society