Courtney Thompson

Courtney Thompson

Courtney Thompson

Assistant Professor

215 Allen


History of U.S. Women; History of Science; History of Medicine


662-325-3604

cthompson@history.msstate.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., History, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, 2015.
  • A.B. History and Science; Secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University, 2009.

Academic Career

  • Assistant Professor, History, Mississippi State University, 2016 to present.
  • Lecturer, Department of History, jointly appointed in the Section of the History of Medicine (School of Medicine), Yale University, 2015-2016.

Research Interests

  • History of science and medicine
  • History of the body
  • History of psychiatry and mental illness
  • Gender and women’s history
  • Visual and material culture

Publications

Publications

  • “Questions of Genre: Picturing the Hermaphrodite in Eighteenth-Century France and England.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49, no. 3 (Spring 2016): 391-413. 
  • Book reviews for Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

 

Presentations

  • “The Curious Case of Chastine Cox: Medicine, Law, and Racial Politics in Gilded Age New York,” presented at the American Association for the History of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016.
  • “A Sensation in New York: Murder, Race, and Medicine in the Gilded Age,” presented at the Organization of American Historians, Providence, Rhode Island, 2016.
  • “‘His Eye Passed Rapidly Over Them’: The Visual Regimes of Phrenology,” presented and workshopped at “Phrenology, Anthropometry, and Craniology: Historical and Global Perspectives,” conference at Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, 2015.
  • “Charcot’s Shadow: Désiré-Magloire Bourneville and the Rethinking of Great Men in the History of Neurology,” presented at Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Lawrence, Kansas, 2015.
  • “‘His Eye Passed Rapidly Over Them’: Phrenologists in the Panoptic Prison," presented at the “Envisioning Science” conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2015.
  • “‘Directly at War with the Gallows’? The Prison and Phrenological Criminal Science,” presented at the History of Science Society, Chicago, Illinois, 2014.
  • “The Phrenological Detective: Fantasies of Perfect Prediction in Nineteenth-century Britain and America,” presented at the Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy conference for the Crime Studies Network, Cleveland, Ohio, 2014.
  • “‘An Unfit Subject for the Gallows’: Phrenology, Insanity, and Criminal Responsibility in America, 1830-1850,” presented at Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Frederick, Maryland, 2014.
  • “Directly at War with the Gallows’: Phrenological Protest against Capital Punishment in 1840s and 1850s America,” presented at the Politics of Protest conference for the Boston University Political History Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, 2014.
  • “The Murderer and the Phrenologist: Constructing Body Expertise in Nineteenth-Century Prisons and Courts,” presented at the History of Science Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013.
  • “Of Calipers and Criminals: Translating Phrenological Technology and Techniques into late Nineteenth-century Criminal Science," presented at the Society for the History of Technology, Portland, Maine, 2013.
  • “From Bête Noire to Bulldog: The Making of a Public Medical Debate in Third Republic France,” presented at the American Association for the History of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, 2013.
  • “Print, Politics, and the Profession: Laicization and the Making of a Public Medical Debate in Third Republic France," presented at the Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 2012.

Honors & Awards

  • James and Sylvia Thayer Short-Term Fellowship, UCLA Library, UCLA, 2015
  • Cheiron Young Scholar Award, 2014.
  • History of Medicine Travel Grant, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University, 2014.
  • Larry J. Hackman Research Residency, New York State Archives, 2013.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2009.

Courses Taught

Independent Courses, Yale University

“Mental Illness and Crime in American Culture,” undergraduate research seminar, Spring 2016. “Doctors and Patients in Western Medicine,” introductory lecture course, Spring  2016.   “Gender in Science and Medicine,” undergraduate research seminar, Fall 2015.

“The History of the Body,” undergraduate research seminar, Fall 2015; previously offered in Fall 2013 and co-­‐taught with Prof. Paola Bertucci.

“The Cultural History of Mental Illness,” undergraduate research seminar, Fall 2013.

Independent Courses, Yale University Summer Session

(Anticipated) “The Cultural History of Death,” introductory course, Summer 2016. “The Cultural History of Mental Illness,” introductory course, Summer 2015. “Gender in Science and Medicine,” undergraduate research seminar, Summer 2013.

Teaching Assistantships, Yale University

Teaching Fellow: “Vikings!” (Prof. Anders Winroth), Spring 2015.

Teaching Fellow: “Catastrophe and Earth Science since 1850” (Prof. Bill Rankin), Spring 2013. Teaching Fellow: “Art, Nature and Science in Early Modern Europe” (Prof. Paola Bertucci).

Teaching Fellow: “Epidemics and Society since 1600” (Prof. Frank Snowden), Fall 2011.


ADVISING EXPERIENCE

 

 

2015-­‐2016               Advisor and facilitator for medical student humanities education, School of Medicine, Yale University

2015-­‐2016               Advisor and grader for senior theses, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

2015-­‐2016               Advisor for juniors in the major, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

2012-­‐2014               McDougal Graduate Writing Advisor, Graduate Writing Center, McDougal Center, Yale University

 

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

 

 

2015                          “Teratology: The Science and History of Human Monstrosity,” exhibition at the Medical Historical Library, Yale University. Co-­‐curator, with Dr. Melissa Grafe, John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History for the  Medical Historical Library.

2013                          “Iconographie photographique de la Salpêtrière: The Physician and the Hysterical Woman,” exhibition at the Medical Historical Library, Yale University. Co-­‐curator, with Susan Wheeler, Print and Drawing Curator for the Medical Historical Library.

2011                          “Fin de siècle: Visual Culture of Medicine. Posters, Prints, and Illustrated Newspapers from Paris,” exhibition at the Medical Historical Library, Yale University. Served as assistant organizer and translator under Susan Wheeler, Print and Drawing Curator for the Medical Historical Library.

 

Professional Associations

  • The American Association for the History of Medicine
  • Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • History of Science Society
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society for the History of Technology

 

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