Curriculum vitae


Margaret Erin Gaida

Expository Writing Program

University of Oklahoma



Educational Background:


2017                PhD History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Oklahoma

Dissertation: Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in Premodern Europe

Dissertation Committee: Rienk Vermij (chair), Steven Livesey, Kerry Magruder, Kathleen Crowther, Roberta Magnussen, Charles Burnett

2014                 Summer Institute in Paleography & Codicology, Univ. of New Mexico

2013                Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Univ. of Oklahoma

2012                Visiting Student, Institute for Islamic Studies, McGill University

2012                MA in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Univ. of Oklahoma

2007               MA in Philosophy, University of California at San Diego

2003               BA in Physics, Duke University




2016                “Reading Cosmographia: Peter Apian’s Book-Instrument Hybrid and the Rise of the Mathematical Amateur in the Sixteenth Century.” Early Science and Medicine 21 (2016): 1-26.

2016                “Muslim Women and Science: the Search for the ‘Missing’ Actors.” Early Modern Women: an Interdisciplinary Journal, vol. 10, no. 2 (2016), 198-207.

2016                Review of From Sight to Light: the Passage from Ancient to Modern Optics, by A. Mark Smith, in Early Science and Medicine 21 (2016).

2017                “Reading Between the Lines: Attitudes Towards Arabic Astrology in the Marginalia of Latin Manuscripts,” University of Pittsburgh World History Center Conference Proceedings, University of Pittsburgh Press (forthcoming 2017)



2016                Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

2014                 Lily Auchincloss Pre-doctoral Rome Prize, American Academy of Rome

2014                 Council of American Overseas Research Centers Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship (Turkey, Italy portion declined)

2010-5             Marilyn Ogilvie Alumni Fellowship, University of Oklahoma

2005-6                        Science Studies Graduate Fellowship, Univ. of California, San Diego

Awards and Grants:

2015                History of Science Research Award, OU

2015                Graduate College Robberson Research Grant,OU

2015                Graduate Student Senate Research and Creative Endeavors Grant, OU

2014                 CARA Award, Medieval Academy of America, University of New Mexico Summer Institute on Paleography and Codicology

2013/4             Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, Newberry Library, Chicago

2012/13/15       Graduate Student Senate Conference Grant, University of Oklahoma

2012                McNair’s Choice Award, OU Graduate Student Research & Performance

Conference Participation:

 2016                Digital History and Philosophy of Science Conference, Norman, OK, August 26-28, 2016

“Adapting Modern Annotation Platforms to Medieval Marginalia: New Possibilities for Research”

2015                University of Pittsburgh World History Center Conference, Found in Translation, World History of Science, ca. 1200-1600 CE, October 10-11

“Attitudes towards Arabic Astrology in the Latin marginalia of Alcabitius’s Introductorius ad magisterium iudiciorum astrorum.”

2015                II CHAM International Conference, Knowledge Transfer and Cultural Exchange, Lisbon, Portugal, July 15-18

“Reading Between the Lines: Astrology Across Cultures in Marginalia and Annotations”

2015                Renaissance Society of America, Berlin, Germany, March 22-25.

“Measuring the World in the Palm of One’s Hand: Peter Apian’s Cosmographia as Book-Instrument Hybrid

2014                 Newberry Multidisciplinary Graduate Conference, Chicago, IL, January 23-25. “Cosmographia in Context: Sixteenth-Century Volvelles and Astronomy Outside of Universities”

2013                Notre Dame History of Astronomy Workshop, South Bend, IN, June 12-16.

“Rotating Discs, Transmitting Knowledge: Volvelles in Sixteenth-Century Astronomical Textbooks”

2013                Isis Current Bibliography 2.0 Conference, Norman, OK, April 12-13

“Social Media and the Future of Research”

2013                Midwest Junto for the History of Science, South Bend, IN, April 5-7

“Re-examining Hypatia’s Heritage: a Survey of Recent Biographies of Women in Science”

2012                Midwest Junto for the History of Science, March 23-25

“Real or Rhetoric? Religious Elements in Schuyl’s Defence of Descartes’ Animal Machine”

Academic Teaching:

Lecturer, Expository Writing Program, University of Oklahoma

Love and Sex in the Middle Ages (Fa 2017)

Online Course Development, History of Science from Ancient to Newton (Sum 2014)

Teaching Assistant, History of Science Department, University of Oklahoma

Science, Nature, and Society (online) (Sp 2016)

History of Science from Antiquity to Newton (Sp 2014, Sp 2013, Fa 2010)

History of Science from Newton to Modern (Sp 2011)

Science and Global Politics (Fa 2013)

History of Modern Medicine (Fa 2011)

Biomedical Ethics (Sp 2012)

Instructor, Muir College Writing Program, Univ. of California, San Diego:

The Rhetoric of US Encounters with the Middle East, Winter-Spring 2006

Introduction to Rhetorical Analysis, Fall 2005

Teaching Assistant, Philosophy Department, Univ. of California, San Diego:

Intro. To Logic, Winter 2006

Ethics and Society, Spring 2005

Philosophical Methods, Fall 2004


Museum, Curatorial & Consulting Work:

June 2016, Disney Studios, History consultant

August 2014, Digitization Project at the Bibliothèque National de Tunisie

January – May 2014, Internship for Galileo’s World exhibition (2015), University of Oklahoma History of Science Collections (Supervised by Dr. Kerry Magruder, Curator)

April 2012, Assisted in curating and preparing exhibit The Copernican Century

Internet/Digital Humanities-Related Work:

Member, Governing Board, Isis Current Bibliography Web Platform, 2014-

World History of Science Online, Project Assistant

Professional pages



English (native)

French (advanced)                                                               Italian (reading competence)

Arabic (advanced)                                                                German (reading competence)

Latin (advanced)




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