Associate Professor, History
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.
- Furman University Sabbatical Awarded for Spring 2016.
- Furman University Research & Professional Growth Grant, 2015.
- David E. Shi Center for Sustainability & The Duke Endowment Food Systems and Farming Grant, 2014.
- 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.
- Ph.D., Tulane University
- M.Phil., Cambridge University
- B.A., Louisiana State University
- B.S., Louisiana State University
- A Tale of Uncommon Parental Barbarity? The Life and Death of Anne Wainhouse (Book under contract with the University of Toronto Press.)
- Consumptive Chic: A History of Beauty, Fashion and Disease (Book under contract with Bloomsbury to be released in 2017. Available for pre-order from Amazon.com)
- “Dying to be Beautiful: Fragile Fashionistas and Consumptive Dress in England” for the Fashion and Illness issue of the Journal of Eighteenth Century Studies, edited by Clark Lawlor and Anita O’Connell. (Under Review.)
- Co-authored article with art historian Amelia Rauser, “Thomas Lawrence’s Consumptive Chic: Reinterpreting Lady Manners’ Hectic Flush in 1794,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49.4 (Summer 2016)
- Review: Sorge-English, Lynn, Stays and Body Image in London: The Staymaking Trade, 1680-1810, in Journal of British Studies, Vol. 52, No. 1. (January 2013)
- “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, No. 51 (August 2010), 4-6.
- “Decreased Resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to Ciprofloxin in the Presence of Vancomycin,” co-authored with M.L. Marceau-Day and D.F. Day. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 37 (1993): 2506-2508.