David G. Horn

David G. Horn

David G. Horn

Department of Comparative Studies


Areas of Expertise

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


  • 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,” inLanguage 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)