• Website:

  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Professor
  • Concentration:

    • Early Modern Hispanic Literatures
    • History of Science
    • History of Medicine
  • Department:

    • Languages, Literatures and Culture
  • Education:

    • PhD, Brandeis Univeristy
    • BA, Earlham College
  • Curriculum Vitae:


John Slater’s research examines the production and transmission of knowledge during the Spanish baroque, with a particular focus on literature as a means to disseminate ideas about health and healing. Problems of scale particularly fascinate him and this has led him to focus on print genres with particularly high degrees of cultural diffusion. He has published about alchemy and early chemistry in sermons (perhaps the most widely disseminated prose genre of the seventeenth century), and the ways in which drama (Spain’s first mass medium) influenced people’s understanding of the natural world. His current research shows that Jesuits, Franciscans and other religious orders had their own practices related to healing and healthcare; these theologically informed healing practices initially led to conflict with physicians and surgeons and later became the foundation of medical reforms. John Slater joined the faculty of Colorado State University in 2020, after working at the University of California, Davis, the University of Colorado, and Indiana University.


About my teaching:

What's new:

  • Slater, John, & López Pérez, Miguel. (2023). “Alchemy and Medicine in Early Modern Iberia (K. Poole, M. Pérez-Toribio, & J. Sánchez, Eds.). The Renaissance World. Routledge.
  • Review: Jorge García López and Enrique García Santo-Tomás, editors. Atardece el barroco. Ficción experimental en la España de Carlos II (1665-1700). Albores de un tiempo nuevo 2. Madrid: Iberoamericana/Vervuert. 2021. Modern Language Review. 118.2 (2023): 266-267.
  • Review: Ruth MacKay. Life in a Time of Pestilence: The Great Castilian Plague of 1596–1601., The American Historical Review, Volume 127, Issue 4, December 2022, Pages 1941–1942,
  • “Queer cambalaches in El rufián dichoso.” Drawing the Curtain: Cervantes’s Theatrical Revelations. Ed. Esther Fernández and Adrienne L. Martín.  University of Toronto, 2022. 42-71.
  • “The Politics of The Origins of Maize: Spanish Naturalism, World Cuisine, and Epidemic Disease.” The Gastronomical Arts in Spain: Food and Etiquette.  Ed. Frederick de Armas and James Mandrell. University of Toronto Press, 2022. 69-94.

Articles submitted or in press:

  • “Branding, Bondage, and Lope’s Typeface.” Submitted to Bulletin of the Comediantes.

Selected articles and book chapters:

Web Publications:

Selected Reviews:

  • Folke Gernert. Lecturas del cuerpo. Fisiognomía y literatura en la España áurea. Universidad de Salamanca, 2018. 571 pp. Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. 55. 2 (2021): 482-484. org/10.1353/rvs.2021.0035
  • Fernando Serrano Larráyoz. Graduados en Medicina por la Universidad de Irache (1613–1769). Navarra: Pamiela argitaletxea, 2019. With Paula Plastić. Hispanic Research Journal 3 (2020): 342-3.
  • Juan Pimentel. Fantasmas de la ciencia española.  Madrid: Marcial Pons, 2020.  Centaurus (2021): 436-438.
  • M. Portuondo. The Spanish Disquiet: The Biblical Natural Philosophy of Benito Arias Montano. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2019. Reviewed in: Annals of Science. Volume 76 (2019), Issue 3-4: 377-380.
  • Nadeau, Carolyn A. Food Matters: Alonso Quijano’s Diet and the Discourse of Food in Early Modern Spain. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. Reviewed in Hispanófila 184 (2019): 181-183.  With Víctor Cervantes.  org/10.1353/hsf.2018.0064