Carolyn Day received her B.A. and B.S. from Louisiana State University, her M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and her Ph.D. from Tulane University. Her dissertation, “Drop Dead Gorgeous: The Idealization and Feminization of Tuberculosis in England, 1780-1850,” analyzes the social space occupied by consumption (tuberculosis) during the late eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth century and its reciprocal impact on both the individual and the social body. The work focuses on the radical changes in the perception of the disease between 1780 and 1850 and how these perceptions became inextricably tied to contemporary concepts of beauty and fashion. Dr. Day teaches courses in British & European History as well as the History of Medicine. Her current research focuses on the individual experience of illness in 18th and 19th century Britain. ​

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Modern Europe

The history of Europe from the time of the Enlightenment to the present. Major themes include: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, nationalism, socialism, liberalism, imperialism, the World Wars, fascism and communism, the Holocaust, post-WWII reconstruction and the Cold War, decolonization, citizenship, immigration, the end of communism, market integration, a common currency, and the evolution of the European Union, and globalization.


Modern Britain

British history since 1714. Investigates political, ideological, cultural, and social developments in Britain from the beginning of the Hanoverian dynasty. Includes the Industrial Revolution, British imperialism, the two World Wars, and multicultural Britain today.


History of Western Medicine

A survey of illness, health, and medicine in Western society from Antiquity through the development of antibiotics. Examination of the changing relationships between medical theories and practice and address the roles of practitioners, patients, and institutions. Discussion of the changing ideas surrounding disease causation, the growth of public health measures, health care institutions, and public policies concerning disease and medicine. Experiences of health, illness,prevention, and treatment, while exploring the various social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of these issues will also be considered.


  • "Conference Report for the Society of the Social History of Medicine 2010 Conference 'Knowledge, Ethics and Representations of Medicine and Health: Historical Perspectives,'" The Gazette of the Society for the Social History of Medicine 51 (August 2010), 4-6.
  • Day, et al, "Decreased Resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Ciprofloxin in the Presence of Vancomycin," Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 37 (1993): 2506-2508, which was cited in Mark Jackson, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Book Reviews

  • Lynn Sorge-English, Stays and Body Image in London: The Staymaking Trade, 1680-1810 (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011) in Journal of British Studies 52: 1 (January 2013): 238-239.

Conference Presentations & Invited Talks

  • "Drop Dead Gorgeous: the Fashion for Tuberculosis in 19th Century England," History After Dark, Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, October 2013.
  • "Dressing Distress: Consumptive Clothing in England, 1780-1820," Southern Conference on British Studies, Atlanta, November 2014.
  • "Revealing the Beauty Within: Consumption in Early Victorian England," Victorians Institute Conference, Charlotte, October 2014.
  • "'A Flattering Malady': Cosmetics and Consumption in Early Victorian England," Northeast Conference on British Studies, Lewiston, October 2014.
  • "Dying to be Beautiful: Fragile Fashionistas and Consumptive Dress in England, 1780-1820," International Interdisciplinary Conference on Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature & Culture, ca. 1660-1832, Newcastle & Northumbria Universities, July 2014.
  • "'Nature supplied touches that Art cou'd never reach': Representing the Female Consumptive," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, March 2014.
  • "Pregnancy as Prophylactic: Discourses on Consumption and the Female Body," Evidence Conference, North American Victorian Studies Association, Pasadena, October 2013.
  • "Fashioning the Consumptive Other in Early Victorian England," North American Victorian Studies Association/ British Association for Victorian Studies/ Australasian Victorian Studies Association Supernumerary Conference: The Global and the Local, Venice, Italy, June 2013.
  • "Design and Disease: Fashioning the Female as Consumptive," Part of Knowledge on the Mantelpiece Seminar, North American Victorian Studies Association/ British Association for Victorian Studies/ Australasian Victorian Studies Association Supernumerary Conference: The Global and the Local, Venice, Italy, June 2013.
  • "The Flowering of Consumptive Chic: The Fashion for Tuberculosis in England, 1780-1820," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland, April 2013
  • "Beauty and the Female Experience of Consumption," North American Conference on British Studies, Denver, November 2011.
  • "The Art of Beauty: Artifice, Performance, and the Fashioning of the Consumptive Body in Early Victorian England," Performance and Play Conference, North American Victorian Studies Association, Nashville, November 2011.
  • "The Emulation of Consumption: The Fashioning of the Respectable Female Body in Early Victorian England," Victorian Epidemics Conference, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, Banff, April 2011.
  • "Altogether a Strange Production, Alexander Walker's Intermarriage," British Scholar Conference, Austin, March 2011.
  • "Consumptive Representations: The Beauty of Maria Siddons," Society for the Social History of Medicine, Durham, UK, July 2010.
  • "Risk-Benefit and Ethics in Nanotechnology," co-authored with M.L. Marceau-Day, Health Physics Society, Minneapolis, July 2009.
  • "Clothing and Consumption: Early Nineteenth-Century Ideals of Feminine Beauty," Women and Wellness Week at the Louisiana State University Women's Center, Baton Rouge, March 2003.
  • "An Enzymatic Method for the Determination of Insulin in Plasma," co-authored with D. F. Day and C. M. Ott, American Society for Microbiology, Washington, D.C., May 1995.
  • "Decreased Resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Ciprofloxacin in the Presence of Vancomycin," co-authored with M. L. Marceau-Day, and D. F. Day, American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta, May 1993.
  • Furman University Research & Professional Growth Grant, 2014.
  • Furman University Research & Professional Growth Grant, 2013.
  • Furman University's Inaugural Rinker May Ex Travel Fellow, 2013.
  • Furman University Humanities Development Fund Course Design Grant, 2013.
  • Awarded a Furman Advantage Research Fellow, 2013.
  • Guest Faculty Program for Tulane University Football, 2010.
  • Travel Bursary 40th Annual Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference (Durham, UK), 2010.
  • Paul and Elizabeth Selley Dissertation Year Fellowship, 2006-2007.
  • Tulane University Department of History Graduate Fellowship, 2001-2005.
  • Cambridge Overseas Trust Bursary, 2000-2001.
  • Board of Regents Scholar for Academic Achievement, 1997.
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