Ann Blair

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. History, Princeton University, 1990
Dissertation: "Restaging Jean Bodin: the Universae naturae theatrum (1596) in its cultural context"; advised by Anthony Grafton; readers: Natalie Z. Davis and Nancy G. Siraisi

M.Phil. History & Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, 1985

B.A. summa cum laude History and Science, Harvard College, 1984

Maturité classique, Geneva, Switzerland, 1980


Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Harvard University, July 2005-

Professor, Dept of History, Harvard University, July 2001-June 2005

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Dept of History and Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, Harvard University, 1999-2001

Assistant Professor of History and of History and Literature, Harvard University, 1996-99

Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California, Irvine, 1992-96

Lecturer and Acting Head Tutor, Dept of History of Science, Harvard University, 1991-93


Harvard College Professorship for Distinction in Teaching, 2009-14
Elected to the American Philosophical Society, 2009
MacArthur Fellowship awarded in 2002 (for 2003-7)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, awarded in 2002, taken in 2004-5, as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Divinity School
Radcliffe Junior Faculty Fellowship at the Bunting Institute, Radcliffe College, 1998-99
Thomas Hoopes Prize for excellence in advising a senior thesis, Harvard College, 1998
NEH Fellowship for University Teachers, held in Paris, 1995-96
Distinguished Assistant Professor for Research Award, University of California, Irvine, 1995
NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship, held in Paris, 1990-91
Harold W. Dodds Fellowship, Princeton University, 1989-90
Bourse Chateaubriand from the French government, 1988-89
Thomas Hoopes Prize (senior thesis), Harvard College, 1984
elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard-Radcliffe, 1983


Co-organized with Leah Price two workshops on “Paper and paperwork” (October 16, 2009) and “Early paper: transmission and techniques” (February 12, 2010), and a conference “Why Books?” (October 28-29, 2010) at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. For early paper see; for Why Books?:
Annual graduate student conference in book history, first held May 6, 2010 at Harvard:
Annual Harvard-Princeton graduate student conferences in early modern European history,"From studiolo to street." Co-organized with Anthony Grafton. Held in Cambridge Jan 17-18, 2008; in Princeton Jan 15-16, 2009; in Cambridge Jan 14-15, 2010. Next conference in Princeton Jan 13-14, 2011. Websites:;
Co-organized with Virginia Reinburg, Moshe Sluhovsky and Barbara Diefendorf. A symposium to celebrate the 80th birthday of Natalie Zemon Davis, at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, with funding from different entities at Harvard, Nov 7-8, 2008
On-line at

Co-organizer with Jennifer Milligan of a Radcliffe Exploratory Seminar entitled "Opening up the Archives," featuring 12 invited speakers on the history of archives in early modern and modern Europe, China, and colonial Peru and India. April 21-22, 2006.
Website resulting from the workshop, featuring resources for the social history of archives.

Co-organizer with Anthony Grafton of a conference at the Folger Library, entitled "Revisiting the early modern book: a continental view," featuring more than 20 scholars in five sessions on the printing, publishing, circulation, ownership and readership of early modern books in continental Europe. March 9-11, 2006.