Virdi’s research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, science and technology studies, the history of deafness technologies, disability history, and material/visual culture studies. She received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from York University (Toronto) and a M.A. in the History of Science from the University of Toronto. She has a Ph.D. from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto (2014), where she completed her dissertation, “From the Hands of Quacks:” Aural Surgery, Deafness, and the Making of a Specialty in Nineteenth-Century London. She is currently completing her first book, Hearing Happiness: Fakes, Frauds, and Fads in Deafness Cures (University of Chicago Press).
Virdi held a 2015-2017 SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the History Department at Brock University. She was the 2016 Paul Klemperer Fellow in the History of Medicine at the New York Academy of Medicine and held a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, working with Sabine Arnaud’s research group, “The Construction of Deafness in Western Europe and the United States (17th to 19th Centuries).”
Her research has been supported by several grants and fellowships, including: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, the Lemelson Center at Smithsonian Institutions, Disability History Association, University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies, IHPST Stillman Drake Travel Grant, Canadian Historical Association, History of Science Society, Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science, Society of the History of Technology, and the National Science Foundation.