Cindy Ermus is Visiting Scholar in the Center for Biology and Society. She comes to us from the University of Lethbridge, where she is an assistant professor specializing in the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. While at ASU, she will be completing her manuscript, The Great Plague Scare of 1720: Disaster and Society in the Eighteenth-Century World -- a transnational study of the Plague of Provence of 1720 (“Great Plague of Marseille”), one of the last outbreaks of plague in Western Europe. By tracing responses to the threat of infection throughout a network of major eighteenth-century port cities, she explores the ways in which the crisis influenced society, politics, and commerce beyond France, in neighboring regions, and in the Atlantic and Pacific colonies. She is also the editor of a volume entitled Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South: Two Centuries of Catastrophe, Risk, and Resilience (LSU Press, 2018).
Beyond the classroom, she is co-founder, executive editor, and contributor for the academic blog, www.AgeofRevolutions.com, which explores themes and moments in the history of revolutions. A first generation Cuban-American, she was raised in Miami, Florida, where she discovered her passion for history, and became interested in revolutionary and disaster studies.