Associate Professor of History
Areas of Expertise: Medieval history (Europe/N. Africa/Middle East/Central Asia), history of science/technology/medicine.
- Demons and Divination: Artificial Intelligence before AI
- Inventing the Future in the Middle Ages
- Experimental Technology and Scientific Knowledge in the Middle Ages
- Medievalism: Why Collegiate Gothic Architecture, the Crusades, and Game of Thrones Fascinate Us
- What Are Medieval Robots?
- The Roads to Knowledge: The History of the Liberal Arts
About Elly Truitt
Professor Truitt teaches medieval history, including courses on medieval medicine, the history of magic, intellectual history, the crusades, global networks in the Middle Ages, and courtly culture. She has published articles on the history of astronomy, pharmacobotany, timekeeping technologies, and the history of automata, and her work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Huntington Library, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Professor Truitt is the author of Medieval Robots: Mechanism, Magic, Nature, and Art (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015). She is currently working on several projects, including an article on translation in Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe, a new translation of a work by Roger Bacon, and a book about Roger Bacon's speculative technology.