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Benjamin Breen

B.A., Sarah Lawrence College

Benjamin Breen



My research focuses on science, medicine, religion, commerce and intercultural encounters in the Atlantic world. I'm currently researching a dissertation on the trade in medicinal drugs in the British and Portuguese empires, focusing on how botanicals from indigenous American and African contexts became integrated into a global "medical marketplace." Parallel interests include early modern environmental history and the history of globalization. I blog about history at Res Obscura and like to paint, garden and play music in my free time.


History of science and medicine in the Portuguese and British empires, environmental history, indigenous history, print/visual/material culture.
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