ANDREW S. CURRAN is the author of Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely (Other Press, 2019), which is shortlisted for the best book on France by the American Library in Paris. Amazon has also named Diderot one of the best history books of the first half of 2019.
Curran is also the author of The Anatomy of Blackness: Science and Slavery in an Era of Enlightenment, which was A Choice Outstanding Academic Title and also received the 2018 Louis Marin Prize from the French l’Académie des sciences d’outre-mer).
He has also published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Time Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
Curran is a fellow in the history of medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine and a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques. He has also received grants and fellowships from the French Government, The Mellon Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Humanities, most recently an NEH Public Scholarship.
Born on Long Island and raised in Queens and then upstate New York, Curran has also spent years in France and attempts, whenever possible, to return to Paris where, among other things, he met his wife, rode motorcycles, studied wine, and learned how to cook. He is a committed humanist who believes, like Diderot, that “skepticism is the first step toward truth.”
He is currently working on a project on the birth of race that is under contract with Harvard University Press.
Curran lives in Connecticut where he is the William Armstrong Professor of the Humanities and Professor of French at Wesleyan University.