Andrew Curran (Wesleyan University website) is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. His new book is Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, which came out in 2019.
Curran is fascinated by eighteenth-century France: by the ideas, the freshness, the innocence, the hope, the naivety, as well the darkness that hung over the era. His articles and books have centered on the era’s scientific practice, especially early-modern theories of humankind. His second-to-last book, The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Era of Enlightenment (A Choice Outstanding Academic Title) is the first comprehensive study of the birth of race in French thought. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2011, 2013), this study recently came out in French translation at Classiques Garnier in fall of 2017.
Curran is a fellow in the history of medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine and a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques. He has also received grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and National Endowment for the arts, and most recently received a NEH Public Scholar fellowship for his book on Diderot. He was also awarded American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ Clifford Prize for the best article in eighteenth-century studies. He is currently working on a project for Harvard University Press.
Awards and Recognition
- A Kirkus Best Biography of 2019 for Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely
- A '"Must Read" Title of 2019 for Diderot
- An "Open Letters Review" Best book of 2019
- An "Independent.ie." Best Book of 2019
- An "NRC" Best Book of 2019
- Finalist, Paris-American Library Best Book of 2019
- An Amazon Best Book of the Month for Diderot