Dr Claire Burridge is currently holding a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship, 'Crossroads: The Evolution of Early Medieval Medicine in Global and Local Contexts'
, at the University of Sheffield. Prior to taking up this position, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the British School at Rome, first as a Rome Scholar (2019-20) and then as a Residential Research Fellow (2020-21). Originally from the US, she received her BA (hons) in History and Medieval and Early Modern Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before moving to Cambridge for an MPhil and PhD.
Broadly, Claire works on early medieval health and medicine and focuses on surviving collections of medical recipes – the textual evidence at the heart of her current project. She is particularly interested in exploring the relationship between medical knowledge and practice as well as the transmission of this knowledge, movement of manuscripts, and points of contact and exchange during the Carolingian period. Her research draws on a range of disciplines, bringing together textual, archaeological, and, where possible, biocodicological evidence.
She is also leading 'Beyond Beccaria', a project that seeks to update, expand, and make more accessible the existing catalogues of early medieval manuscripts containing medical texts.