For Michelle Laughran, the study of history should be
interdisciplinary, since “the past includes everything.” Professor Laughran’s
research investigates the impact that epidemic diseases like the plague had on
Italian renaissance society; in the process, this ongoing project has led her
also to examine the history of the body, medicine, prostitution, cosmetics, and
costume, among other topics. Professor Laughran’s most recent history course
focused on the history of fairy tales.
"‘Grandissima Gratia': The Power of Italian Renaissance Shoes as
Intimate Wear," coauthored with Andrea Vianello, inOrnamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories (University
of Michigan Press, 2011).
"Medicating with or Without 'Scruples': The 'Professionalization'
of the Apothecary in Sixteenth-Century Venice," in Pharmacy in History 45 (2003): 95-107.
"Oltre la pelle. I cosmetici e il loro uso" ("More than
Skin Deep: Cosmetics & Their Use in Italy from the Middle Ages to the
Modern Period") in Storia
d'Italia: Annali. La moda (Annals of Italian History: History of
Fashion), (Turin: Einaudi, 2003), pp. 43-82.