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2014 PhD, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto.
Dissertation: “‘From the Hands of Quacks:’ Deafness, Aural Surgery, and the Making of a Surgical Specialty in Nineteenth-Century London.”
Supervisor: Lucia Dacome Estimated defense date: Spring 2014
2008 M.A., Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
2006 B.A., Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, York University
Areas of Specialization
History of medicine, History of science and technology, History of deafness and deaf education
1. Journal Articles
“Curtis’s Cephaloscope: Deafness and the Making of Surgical Authority in London, 1815-1845,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87.3 (2013): 349-379.
“‘Not to become a breeding ground for medical experimentation: Examining the Tensions between Aurists and Educators for the Deaf, 1815-1830,” British Deaf History Journal 15.4 (2013): 8-13.
2. Print & Media Reviews
2014 “Dialogues on Disability: Social Media as Platforms for Scholarship.” Medical History 58.4 (October 2014): 628-631.
2014 “Visions of America: Deaf Culture & Identity in the 19th Century. A Review of Words Made Flesh: Nineteenth-Century Deaf Education and the Growth of Deaf Culture by R.A.R. Edwards (2012),” H-Disability, H-Net Reviews/
2011 “Shaping Science and Scientism: Review of Science and Scientism in Nineteenth-Century Europe by Richard G. Olson (2008),” Science as Culture 20.4. 541-545.
2010 “Learning From Artifacts: A Review of the “Reading Artifacts: Summer Institute in the Material Culture of Science,” Presented by The Canada Science and Technology Museum and Situating Science Cluster,” Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, Vol. 4, No. 1. 276-27.
2010 “Conversing in a Cyberspace Community: The Growth of HPS Blogging,” Newsletter of the History of Science Society Vol.39, no.3 (July 2010).
Awards and Honors
2013 University of Toronto Doctoral Completion Award
2012 University of Toronto Doctoral Completion Award
2012 Disability History Association Graduate Student Award
2009 Women in Technological History Award
Grants and Fellowships
2013 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Berlin, Germany
2012 School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto Research Travel Grant
2012 3-Societies Meeting Travel Grant
2012 Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Travel Grant
2012 IHPST Stillman Drake Travel Grant (also awarded in 2011, 2010, 2009)
2009 School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto Research Travel Grant
2009 XXIII ICHST Local Organizing Committee Travel Grant
2009 National Science Foundation Travel Grant
2009 Society for the History of Technology Travel Grant
2009-12 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, CGS Doctoral Award
2009 Canadian Historical Association Travel Grant
2008 IHPST Stillman Drake Travel Grant
2007-09 University of Toronto Fellowship
Conference & Workshop Activity
1. Panels Organized
2013 Making Hearing Aids: Diverse Motivations, Aesthetics and Audiences, “Cotton-Wool vs Vulcanized Rubber: Expertise and the Artificial Tympanum Controversy,” History of Science Annual Meeting, Boston MA
2. Papers Presented
2012 “Institutional Boundaries: The Early Years of the Royal Dispensary for Diseases of the Ear (est. 1816). Deaf World/Hearing World: Spaces, Techniques, and Things in Culture and History, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany.
2012 “‘Not to become a breeding ground for medical experimentation:’ Examining the Tensions between Aurists and Educators of the Deaf, 1815-1830.” Disability and the Victorians: Confronting Legacies Conference, Leeds UK.
2012 “Inquests into a Surgical Procedure: Creating Public and Professional Trust,1830-1845.” 3-Societies Meeting, Philadelphia PA.
2011 “Instruments of Professionalization: John Harrison Curtis’ Cephaloscope and the Making of Surgical Authority.” International Study Group for the History of Otorhinolaryngology Annual Meeting, New York City, NY.
2011 “Public Outrage & Public Opinion: Undermining the Authority of Aurists, 1820-1840.” Beyond Storytelling: Understanding Society through Encounters in the History of Health Workshop, Ottawa, ON.
2011 “A Crisis of Identity and a Need for Medical Authority: Aurists and Aural Surgery in Nineteenth-Century London.” Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science Annual Meeting, Fredericton, NB.
2010 “Diagnosing Deafness: Instruments and the Making of Surgical Authority in Nineteenth-Century London.” Fitting for Health: The Economies of Medical Technologies in Europe and its Colonies, 1650-1850 Workshop, Paris, France.
2009 “Interpreting the Cephaloscope: Instruments, Diagnosis, and the Medicalization of the Deaf.” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Pittsburg PA.
2009 “Interpreting the Cephaloscope: Instruments, Diagnosis, and the Medicalization of the Deaf.” XXII International Congress of the History of Science and Technology, Budapest, Hungary.
2009 “Medical Authority and Medicalized Institutions: John Harrison Curtis and the London Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb.” Joint Canadian Historical Association and Canadian Society for the History of Science Panel, Ottawa ON.
2009 “Instruments as Tools for Historical Analysis.” 6th Annual Queen’s/McGill Graduate Student Conference in History, Kingston ON.
1. History of Medicine
2013 “History of Medicine I” Instructor, IHPST, University of Toronto
2013 “Medicine from Antiquity to 1500 CE” Instructor, Chang School for Continuing Studies, Ryerson University
2012 “Medicine from Antiquity to 1500 CE” Instructor, Department of History, Ryerson University
2012 “Medicine from Antiquity to 1500 CE”, Instructor, Chang School for Continuing Studies, Ryerson University
2. History of Science & Technology
2012 “History of Evolutionary Biology I”, Teaching Assistant, IHPST, University of Toronto
2012 “Scientific Revolutions I: Natural Philosophy”, Teaching Assistant, IHPST, University of Toronto
2011 “History of Evolutionary Biology I”, Instructor, IHPST, University of Toronto
2010 “History of Evolutionary Biology I”, Teaching Assistant, IHPST, University of Toronto
2009 “History of Evolutionary Biology I”, Teaching Assistant, IHPST, University of Toronto
2008 “History of Evolutionary Biology I”, Teaching Assistant, IHPST, University of Toronto
Service to the Profession
1. Outreach Projects
2013 Project Member, Local History of Medicine Public History Project. Public history component: creating workshops with secondary schools in the local history of medicine, using archives and local historians to encourage students to learn & use digital humanities for historical research.
2009 Exhibit Co-Curator, “Through the Looking Glass: Observing and Experimenting in Practice,” University of Toronto Scientific Instruments Collection (UTSIC) exhibit in joint partnership with IHPST, University of Toronto.
2. Conference Organization
2011 Assistant Organizer, Comparative Program on Health and Society Alumni Workshop, Munk School for Global Research, University of Toronto.
2011 Conference Chair, “The Regimen of Bodily Health: Nutrition and Natural Knowledge,” HAPSAT 7th Annual Graduate Conference, University of Toronto.
2010 Conference Logistic Coordinator, “DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media” Conference, University of Toronto.
2010 Conference Chair, “Instruments: Mental and Material,” HAPSAT 6th Annual Graduate Conference, University of Toronto.
2009 Conference Secretary, “150 Years After Origin: Biological, Philosophical, and Historical Perspectives,” University of Toronto. 3. Digital Humanities
2013 Roundtable Panelist, “The Pleasures and Dangers of Social Media.” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Boston MA.
2013 Contributor, Nineteenth-Century Disability: Cultures & Contexts, (www.nineteenthcenturydisability.org), an interdisciplinary digital reader of primary texts and images used to incorporate scholarship on disability through access to contextualized primary sources.
4. Extracurricular Service
2012 Instructor, IHPST Writing Center
2012 Book Reviews Editor, Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History & Philosophy of Science (2010-2012)
2008 Research Assistant for Elspeth Brown, Department of History, University of Toronto. Gathered and organized materials for Brown’s research on gender & fashion models in 20th century United States (September 2008-November 2009).
English: fluent in writing, speaking and writing
French: writing and reading (with dictionary)
American Sign Language: communication and spelling only