Louis Gerdelan is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Harvard University. His work focuses on early modern Europe and the
Atlantic world. He has wide interests in intellectual, environmental and cultural history as well as the history of science. Louis is
currently working on a doctoral dissertation about the understanding of catastrophe in the British, Spanish and French Atlantic empires
in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Examining the era's investigations of earthquakes, storms and major fires, he looks at
how information about hazards was amassed, compiled and turned into useful knowledge. Within these processes he traces the
complex interplay of science, religion and astrology that contributed to shifting ideas about the place of "nature" in disastrous events.
Louis also has interdisciplinary interests in modern disaster issues, climate change and global environmental challenges. His previous
historical work has included studies of Renaissance festivals, sectarian pamphlet literature and the scientific travel writing of Alexander
This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.
PhD Student in History, Harvard University
Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University