Jaipreet Virdi is a historian of medicine and technology based in Toronto. Her research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, science and technology studies, the history of deafness, 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.
Virdi is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow 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.