About Brandy Schillace

Anatomy AtlasBrandy Schillace, PhD, works at the intersections of medicine, history, and literature. As an author, historian, and public intellectual, Brandy seeks to bring the unique stories of the past to life–for our greatest innovations and loftiest triumphs come most frequently from the arena where science and story meet.

Brandy serves as Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History (Case Western Reserve University) and Managing Editor of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, a cross-cultural medical anthropology journal. In her current role at the Dittrick, Brandy works to build bridges with other institutions, to promote networks and memberships, to raise funds, and to reach the under-served through programming and outreach. Museums provide a gateway, a means of accessing the practical utility of humanities in action, and Brandy’s publications return again and again to this core value: our history, art, and culture exist to be shared.

Recent titles include DEATH’S SUMMER COAT, exploring cultural approaches to death and dying (E&T UK, Pegasus US), and the co-edited collection UNNATURAL REPRODUCTIONS, on “monstrous” birth across time and genre (Cambria). Reviews have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Boston Globe. Brandy’s current work–CLOCKWORK FUTURES (Pegasus)–explores the science and history behind “steampunk,” that clockwork world of gadgets, gizmos, and Victorian debonair. You can find her TEDx talk here. Brandy also writers for Huffington Post, InsideHigherEd, H-net, and Centre for Medical Humanities. She directs and speaks for CONVERSATIONS, a series of then-and-now history of medicine talks and has been an invited speaker for the University at Buffalo, University College of Dublin, Manchester University, the New York Academy of Medicine, Little Atoms Radio and various podcasts. Across borders, beneath streets, buried in vaults and in the basement of libraries and museums: it’s the (untold) stories that matter, the human story at the center of medicine.

Represented by: Jessica Papin, Dystel and Goderich Literary Management; and Kim Yau, Paradigm Talent Agency. Photographer: Frank J Lanza.

Curriculum Vitae


View recent releases from Brandy Schillace. There are direct links below each book to order from your favorite online book store:

Death's Summer Coat

Coming soon: What the history of death and dying can tell us about life and living. Exploring cultural practice and death. See the Press Release (Pegasus). Pre-order today:

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Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity

An interdisciplinary, cross-genre book on the genesis of the "monster" in film, media studies, history, literature, and medicine. See the Press Release. Order your copy today:


The Vatican

The third installment of the Jacob Maresbeth Chronincles. "Vampires do exist...some of them work at hospitals." (Middle-grade series) Cooperative Press; read more here.


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