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Dr. Nicolo Ludovice
Lecturer Nicolo Ludovice


BA, MA Ateneo de Manila University; PhD HKU


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Nicolo Ludovice is a historian of animals, food, and health, with the Philippines as a geographical focus. His research interests broadly cover the history of science, technology, and medicine, including biomedicine, public health, zoonoses, and foodways, the Spanish-American Empires, and human-animal relations. For his PhD thesis, he examined the history of animals in medicine and health in the nineteenth- and the twentieth-century Philippines.




Current Research Project


Nicolo is currently finishing a monograph based on his PhD research on animals and the making of modern health in the Philippines. His second project is on the history of dairying technologies and ecologies in Southeast Asia.








"The Ice Plant Cometh: The Insular Cold Storage and Ice Plant, Frozen Meat, and the Imperial Biodeterioration of American Manila, 1900-1935." Global Food History 7, no. 2 (2021): 115-139. DOI: 10.1080/20549547.2021.1921466


"Covid-19 as a Zoonotic Moment: Placing the Animal at the Forefront of the History of Pandemics." Working Papers in Critical Disaster Studies. Series I: Historical Approaches to Covid-19, No. 2. Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies, New York University: New York, 2020.


"The Carabao and the Encounter of the Law in Nineteenth-Century Philippines." Society & Animals 27, no. 3 (2019) 307-26. DOI: 10.1163/15685306-12341557.


Review of Translating the Body: Medical Education in Southeast Asia, edited by Hans Pols, C. Michele Thompson, and John Harley Warner. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 14 (2020): 177-181. DOI: 10.1215/18752160-7498555.




Teaching Course


  • HIST2190 Animals in History
  • HIST2194 Food and Empire in Colonial Asia
  • HIST4015 The Theory and Practice of History