Kit Heintzman is a historian of medicine and science in 18th-century Europe. Kit’s research explores the impact of state-supported medical care for nonhuman animals as seen through the foundation of the world’s first veterinary schools in 1760s France. Her dissertation examines how the changing relationship among nonhuman-animal actors, medical practitioners, and state administrators was strategically reimagined alongside radical political upheaval at the dawn of modern nationalism.
During her stay at the Institute, Kit was conducting a PhD in the history of science department at Harvard University and has received dissertation support from SSHRC (Canada), Chateaubriand (France), and the Krupp Foundation (Center for European Studies, Harvard). Kit received a BAH and MA from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada) and has lectured at SciencesPo, Reims, in both history and women’s studies.