Zachary Dorner

Zachary Dorner

Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow

Gilman 330D
Monday, 2-4pm

I write about commerce, medicine, and state power in the long eighteenth century. My work pays special attention to the interplay between people’s expectations and experiences of long-distance exchange, health care, and empire across the Anglo-American world.

My forthcoming book, Merchants of Medicines: Credit, Empire, and Science in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century, addresses the globalization of British medicines during a critical moment for the expansion of European state power. It follows manufacturers, practitioners, patients, and medicines across South Asia, Western Europe, and the Americas to consider in new perspective the extension of a certain kind of care in this period. Manufactured medicines embodied conceptions of credit and disease that enabled some in the medicine trade to profit from the bodies of unfree migrants ensnared by the plantation system and military fiscalism.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins, I received my PhD from Brown University and taught courses on the Atlantic World, capitalism, commodities, and medicine at Stanford University. My work has appeared in The William and Mary Quarterly and will soon in the Journal of British Studies. Other research interests include the history of money, the many uses of metal and wood, and botanical gardens.

“From Chelsea to Savannah: Medicines and Mercantilism in the Atlantic World,” Journal of British Studies [forthcoming].

“‘No one here knows half so much of this matter as yourself’: The Deployment of Expertise in Silvester Gardiner’s Surgical, Druggist, and Land Speculation Networks, 1734–83,” The William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 72, no. 2 (2015): 287-322.

Merchants of Medicines: Credit, Empire, and Science in Britain’s Long Eighteenth Century [under contract with The University of Chicago Press]