Assistant Professor, Phi Alpha Theta Advisor and Medical Humanities Certificate committee chair
History of U.S. Women; History of Science; History of Medicine
• Ph.D., History, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, 2015
• M.Phil., History, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, 2013
• M.A., History, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University, 2012
• A.B., History and Science, secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University, 2009. Phi Beta Kappa.
• Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, 2016-
• Lecturer, History, Yale University, 2015-2016
History of nineteenth-century American medicine; medical humanities; history of the mind and body; history of women, gender, and sexuality; feminist science studies; history of emotions; visual culture; science and crime; psychiatry and mental illness.
• An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, Feb. 2021).
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Essays
• “Beyond Imperturbability: The Nineteenth-Century Medical Casebook as Affective Genre,” forthcoming, Bulletin of the History of Medicine.
• “Child-Mothers and Invisible Fathers: The Paradox of ‘Precocious Maternity’ and the Pervasiveness of Child Sexual Abuse in Nineteenth-Century America,” forthcoming, Journal of Women’s History.
• “‘Written of by Novelists’: Scripting and Managing Emotions in Nineteenth-Century Medical Manuscripts,” forthcoming, Medical Humanities.
• “Finding Deborah: Centering Patients and Placing Emotion in the History of Disease,” Isis 111, no. 4 (Dec. 2020): 826-829. DOI: 10.1086/712236.
• “A Propensity to Murder: Phrenology in Antebellum Medico-Legal Theory and Practice,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 74, no. 4 (October 2019): 416-439. DOI: 10.1093/jhmas/jrz055
• “Physogs: A Game with Consequences,” Endeavour 43, no. 3 (September 2019): 100689. DOI: 10.1016/j.endeavour.2019.07.002
• “The Curious Case of Chastine Cox: Murder, Race, Medicine, and the Media in Gilded Age New York,” Social History of Medicine 32, no. 3 (August 2019): 481-501. DOI: 10.1093/shm/hkx112
• “Questions of Genre: Picturing the Hermaphrodite in Eighteenth-Century France and England,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 49, no. 3 (Spring 2016): 391-413. DOI: 10.1353/ecs.2016.0020
• Book reviews for Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences and Canadian Journal of History.
• “Phrenology,” Encyclopedia of the History of Science, forthcoming.
• “Archival Kismet: A Manifesto,” Nursing Clio, June 1, 2021, link.
• “Choose Your Professional Path: Using Flexible Assignment Structures in Graduate Courses,” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association 59, no. 3 (March 2021): 17-19. Link.
• “Death, Dignity, and Descendants,” History of Anthropology Review 45 (March 2021): link.
• “Phrenology Is Here to Stay: ‘Pseudoscience,’ Race, and American Politics,” Arc Digital, February 11, 2021, link.
• “Rediscovering ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Heads in the Phrenological Present,” Nursing Clio, December 8, 2020, link.
• “Ethnological Afterlives: Race, Childbirth, and ‘Natural’ Postures in George Engelmann’s Labor Among Primitive Peoples,” co-presented, with Jenna Healey, at the American Association for the History of Medicine, May 2021
• “‘Younger Than She Are Happy Mothers Made’: Precocious Maternity in the Nineteenth Century,” presented at the American Association for the History of Medicine, AAHM Ann Arbor 2.0, December 2020
• “What the Archives Can’t Tell: Grief and Compassion in the Nineteenth-Century Medical Archive,” “Health, Care and the Emotions” Conference at the University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom, September 2019
• "A Calculus of Compassion: Life and Death in the Casebook of A. B. Holder," American Association for the History of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, May 2019
• “Phrenology on the Stand: Experiments in Medico-Legal Expertise in the United States, 1834-1865,” presented the American Society for Legal History, Houston, Texas, November 2018
• “Civilizing Medicine: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Theory and Practice on the Reservation,” presented at the History of Science Society, Seattle, Washington, November 2018
• “A Desperate, Dangerously Shaped Head”: Profiling the Criminal in the Nineteenth Century,” presented at “Prejudice and Expertise: Discrimination in the West, 1850-2000” conference, Warwick, United Kingdom, March 2018
• “The Casebook of A. B. Holder: Reconsidering the Country Physician and Everyday Medicine in the Reconstruction Era,” presented at the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science,” Augusta, Georgia, February 2018
• “An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-century America,” lecture given at the New York Academy of Medicine, New York, August 2017
• “The Profile Which Speaks: From the Anatomical to the Psychological in the History of Criminology,” presented at Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral & Social Sciences, Starkville, Mississippi, June 2017
• “A Young Doctor’s Casebook: Race in Theory and Practice on the Reservation and in the Post-Reconstruction South, 1883-1893,” presented at the American Association for the History of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, May 2017
• “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, April 2016
• “A Sensation in New York: Murder, Race, and Medicine in the Gilded Age,” presented at the Organization of American Historians, Providence, Rhode Island, April 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, July 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, June 2015
• “‘Directly at War with the Gallows’? The Prison and Phrenological Criminal Science,” presented at the History of Science Society, Chicago, Illinois, November 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, June 2014
• “The Murderer and the Phrenologist: Constructing Body Expertise in Nineteenth-Century Prisons and Courts,” presented at the History of Science Society, Boston, Massachusetts, November 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, October 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, May 2013
Honors & Awards
• Book Review Editor, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 2020—
• College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Professor Award, MSU, 2020
• Strategic Research Initiative Seed Funding, Mississippi State University, 2018
• Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health, New York Academy of Medicine, 2017
• 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
• HI 1003: The History of Science in Six Ideas
• HI 4273: Women in American History
• HI 4293: History of Gender and Science
• HI 4883: U.S. History of Medicine
• HI 8803: Special Topics in: History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; History of Medicine; Body Politics; History of Emotion; History of the Body
• As Lecturer at Yale University: Cultural History of Mental Illness; History of the Body; Mental Illness and Crime in American Culture; Doctors and Patients in Western Medicine.
- 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