Lisa Sarasohn

Dr. Lisa Sarasohn



306A Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-1271
Fax: (541) 737-1257
Email: sarasoli@onid.orst.edu

Lisa Sarasohn specializes in Early Modern
Intellectual History and the History of Science. 



Sarasohn went to UCLA for graduate school intending to study medieval and English history. She received her Ph.D. in European intellectual and cultural history. Her dissertation was on the 17th-century French philosopher Pierre Gassendi. In 1982-83, she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. Sarasohn's interests have increasingly centered on the History of Science. She has published articles on Galileo Galilei, Thomas Hobbes, and Margaret Cavendish, and her book on Cavendish's natural philosophy will be published in Spring 2010.  Her current project is a cultural history of vermin.  Not least, she loves to teach.

Select Publications


The Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish:
Reason and Fancy in the Scientific Revolution

(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).
 Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish
 Gassendi's Ethics Gassendi’s Ethics:
Freedom in a Mechanistic Universe

(Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1996).

Journal Articles

  • “Who was then the Gentleman? Samuel Sorbière, Thomas Hobbes, and the Royal Society?” in History of Science 42 (2004), 1-22.
  • “Leviathan and the Lady: Cavendish’s Critique of Hobbes in the Philosophical Letters,” in Authorial Conquests: Essays on Genre in the Writings of Margaret Cavendish, ed. Line Cottegnies and Nancy Weitz (Madison and Teaneck: Farleigh Dickenson Press, 2003; London: Associated Universities Presses, 2003), 40-58.
  • “Was Leviathan a Patronage Artifact?” in History of Political Thought 21 (2000), 606-29.
  • “Thomas Hobbes and the Duke of Newcastle: A Study in the Mutuality of Patronage,” in Isis 90 (1999), 715-37.


She teaches the following courses:

  • Medieval Europe (HST 327 [Early Middle Ages], HST 328 [Late Middle Ages], offered every other year Early)
  • Modern Europe (HST 329 [Renaissance], HST 330 [Reformation], HST 331 [Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment], offered every other year) 
  • History of European Women from the Renaissance to the French Revolution (HST 435, offered every other year) 
  • History of Western Civilization