David Horn

David Horn

David Horn



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1775 S. College Road
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Cultural and social theory
  • Social technologies
  • Cultural and historical studies of science


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching and Research

Cultural and historical studies of science; social technologies; the body and deviance; cultural and social theory; Europe (Italy and France)

David Horn's most recent book, The Criminal Body: Lombroso and the Anatomy of Deviance (New York: Routledge, 2003), is focused on nineteenth-century Italian human sciences. His first book, Social Bodies: Science, Reproduction, and Italian Modernity (Princeton University Press, 1994), explored social technologies of reproduction and welfare in interwar Italy. He is currently working on a study of anthropologies of writing.

Selected Publications

The Criminal Body: Lombroso and the Anatomy of Deviance (Routledge, 2003).

“Performing Criminal Anthropology: Science, Popular Wisdom, and the Body,” forthcoming in The Anthropology of Modernity , ed. Jonathan Xavier Inda (London: Blackwell Publishing, 2003)

“Making Criminologists: Tools, Techniques, and the Production of Scientific Authority,” forthcoming in Criminals and Their Scientists: Essays on the History of Criminology, ed. Peter Becker and Richard Wetzell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).

“Regarding the Modern Body: Science, the Social, and the Construction of Italian Identities,” in Language and Revolution: The Making of Modern Political Identities, ed. Igal Halfin (London: Frank Cass, 2002)

“L’oeuil experimenté: l’expertise médical et le corps criminel au XIXe siècle,” in Michel Foucault et la médecine: Lectures et usages, ed. Philippe Artières and Emmanuel Da Silva (Paris: Kimé, 2001), pp. 249-269

Social Bodies: Science, Reproduction and Italian Modernity (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994)