Eric Moses Gurevitch

Historian of Science, Technology, and Medicine in South Asia

I am a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, I am in the Asian Studies Department and am affiliated with the Program in Climate and Environmental Studies. My research aims to tell a more global history of science, technology, and medicine in which unexpected voices, practices and events come to stand alongside more standard narratives.

In 2022, I received a PhD from the University of Chicago conferred jointly by the Department of South Asian Languages & Civilizations and the Committee on the Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science. My dissertation has been awarded the DK Award for the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis on Sanskrit from the International Association of Sanskrit Studies; the Dissertation Prize from the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Congress of History of Science and Technology; the Dissertation Award on the Formation of Knowledge from the University of Chicago; and the Mohini Jain Presidential Chair in Jain Studies Best Dissertation Award from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis.

I am finishing a book under advance contract with the University of Chicago Press titled Everyday Sciences: Making Knowledge Local in South Asia.

I am working on two new major projects. The first  explores the literate and numerate practices of artisans and other people from caste-oppressed communities in medieval and early modern South Asia. The project brings together questions of craft, technology, and caste to tell an intellectual history that is not merely the history of intellectuals. The second is a social history of medicine in South Asia from 1300 to 1700 that centers medical debates, vernacular-language texts, and the collection of recipes and materia medica. The project investigates multilingual medical cultures that worked across boundaries and borders in South Asia and the Indian Ocean world.