Courtney Thompson

Thompson

Courtney Thompson

Assistant Professor, Phi Alpha Theta Advisor and Medical Humanities Certificate committee chair

237 Allen


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


662-325-3604

cthompson@history.msstate.edu

Education

·         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.

Academic Career

·         Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University, 2016-
·         Lecturer, History, Yale University, 2015-2016

Research Interests

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.

Publications

Book Project

• An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America, under contract with Rutgers University Press (Series: Critical Issues in Health and Medicine).

Publications

• “A Propensity to Murder: Phrenology in Antebellum Medico-Legal Theory and Practice,” forthcoming, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.  
• “Physogs: A Game with Consequences,” Endeavour (available as an advance article, July 2019; print forthcoming). 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.

Selected Presentations

• “Not Man, Not Woman”: Encountering Indigenous Gender and Sexuality in the Late-Nineteenth-Century American West, to be presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, Baltimore, Maryland, May 2020 (upcoming)
• “What the Archives Can’t Tell: Grief and Compassion in the Nineteenth-Century Medical Archive,” to be presented at the “Health, Care and the Emotions” Conference at the University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom, September 2019 (upcoming)
• “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

• 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

Courses Taught

• 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: History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
• HI 8803: History of Medicine
• HI 8803: Body Politics
• 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.

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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