I have a PhD from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, and I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University. I am interested in the history of 19th and 20th century medicine and science, in Canadian history, and in US history. As a cultural historian, I ask questions about the nature of professionalization and specialist identity, the relationship between the self and medical practice, the patients’ experience, representations of medicine and science in popular culture, and the role of epistemic authority in scientific debates.

My dissertation, entitled “Men of Strong Opinions: Identity, Self-Representation, and the Performance of Neurosurgery, 1919–1950,” examined the technologies of the self and the repertoires that shaped the collective identity of Canadian and American neurosurgeons between the end of the First World War and the mid 20th century. I focused on the neurosurgeons’ claims to specialized medical expertise and their rhetoric of therapeutic superiority, their jurisdictional disputes with other medical specialists, as well as the arguments and practices that informed the establishment of specialist neurosurgical societies. I also charted the neurosurgeons’ growing cultural authority by analyzing narratives about brain surgery that appeared in the newspapers, fiction, theatre, film, and visual arts of the interwar period.


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