Andrew S Curran
Andrew Curran is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities and Professor of French at Wesleyan University. He was also Dean of Arts and Humanities at the university from 2009 to 2013. His new book, Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely, is coming out at Other Press in January 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.