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Heidi Hausse

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Auburn University

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2016–2018)

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Heidi Hausse joined the faculty at Auburn in fall 2018. Hausse is a historian of early modern Europe (c.1500-1700), with a particular interest in the intersections of culture, medicine, and technology. Her book, The Malleable Body: Surgeons, Artisans, and Amputees in Early Modern Germany, examines surgical treatises and artifacts of prostheses to uncover a transformation in the ways in which surgeons and artisans cut apart the human body through amputation and worked to artificially put it back together with mechanical limbs.

Dr. Hausse is currently collaborating with Dr. Chad Rose, a mechanical engineer, on a project entitled "Engineering History: An Experimental Approach to Recovering the Lived Experience of a Sixteenth-Century Amputee." Together they are experimenting with 3D-printed prototypes of an early modern mechanical hand and will develop open-access files to make this rare premodern technology freely available to the public.

Hausse received her PhD in history from Princeton University in 2016 and was a member of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University from 2016-2018. She was also the 2016-2017 Molina Fellow in the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences at the Huntington Library. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung Foundation.