Cornelius Borck, MD, PhD, is a historian of science and medicine and director of the Institute of History of Medicine and Science Studies of the University of Lübeck, Germany. Before coming to Lübeck, he was Karl-Schädler-Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, directed the research group “Writing Life, Media Technologies and the History of the Life Sciences 1800-1900” in the Faculty of Media at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and held a Canada Research Chair in Philosophy and Language of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. His research topics include mind, brain and self in the age of visualization; the epistemology of experimentation in art, science, and media; sensory prostheses and human-machine relations between artistic avant-garde and technoscience. Most recent publications: Medizinphilosophie zur Einführung (Hamburg: Junius 2016); Animating Brains (Medical History 60: 308-324, 2016); Soups and Sparks Revisited: John Eccles’ Path from the War on Electrical Transmission to Mental Sparks (Nuncius 32: 286-329, 2017).
Victor Braitberg, PhD, is a historically oriented cultural anthropologist whose interests reside at the intersection of medical anthropology and Science and Technology Studies. His 2002 dissertation Innovators, Liberators, and Experts: Struggles for the Telemedical Future in the Shadow of Neoliberal Reform provided an ethnographic examination of how telemedicine was being imagined by academic physicians during the internet bubble of the late 1990s. He is collaborating with Jeremy Greene on a historical study of the 1970’s collaboration between the Tohono O’odham Nation, NASA, Lockheed Missiles and Space, and the Indian Health Service to create a telemedicine system that promised to improve health care delivery on the reservation while serving as a model for providing health care to astronauts in space. This research will be appearing in Technology and Culture. He is particularly interested in the cold war cybernetic antecedants of telemedicine especially as they relate to applications of tele-technologies for addressing issues of access and equity in health care. As a member of the Honors College Interdisciplinary Faculty at the University of Arizona he teaches courses that introduce STEM students to the anthropological study of science, technology, and medicine grounded in ethnographic and historical methods.
Shane Butler, PhD, is Nancy H. and Robert E. Hall Professor in the Humanities and Professor and Chair of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 2000 and went on to teach at the University of Pennsylvania, at UCLA, and at the University of Bristol in the UK, before moving to Hopkins in 2015. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of six books, including, most recently, The Ancient Phonograph, a monograph that appeared from Zone in the fall of 2015, and Deep Classics: Rethinking Classical Reception, an edited volume that came out last year from Bloomsbury. He currently is working on Sound and the Ancient Senses, co-edited with Sarah Nooter, and a monograph titled On the Surface: John Addington Symonds Across Space and Time.
Lisa Cartwright, PhD, is Professor of Visual Arts, Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, a founding editor of the journal Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, and a member of the University of California Press editorial board. She is the author of books including Screening the Body: Tracing Medicine’s Visual Culture and Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (co-author Marita Sturken). Recent essays consider the visual cultures of the Hepatitis C and Kaposi sarcoma-linked viruses. A native New Yorker, Cartwright was trained in film and critical theory at the Whitney Program and at NYU Tisch School of the Arts before receiving her PhD in American Studies from Yale and joining the faculty at the University of Rochester, where she helped to launch the Ph.D. Program in Visual and Cultural Studies.
Nathaniel Comfort, PhD, is a professor in the Department of the History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of The Tangled Field: Barbara McClintock’s Search for the Patterns of Genetic Control (Harvard, 2001) and The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine (Yale, 2012), and editor of and contributor to The Panda’s Black Box: Opening Up the Intelligent Design Controversy. In addition to his scholarly work, he writes widely for general audiences, and has published with The Atlantic, The Nation, the New York Times Book Review, National Public Radio, Natural History, Nature, Science, The Believer, The Point, and elsewhere. He blogs at Genotopia and tweets from @nccomfort. Currently, he is writing a biography of DNA.
Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and in the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine. A practicing internist, his current research focuses on ethical issues in health reform (focusing on accountable care organizations, ACOs). With K08 funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, he is presently investigating how ACOs nationwide are engaging patients in board-level decisions about ACO priorities and programs, with plans to design improved engagement strategies. Other interests include social media and medical professionalism, as well as ethics in global health (with special emphasis on short-term global health training). After graduating from Purdue University (2000) with a degree in biochemistry, he entered the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program at Duke University. His PhD (philosophy) thesis was entitled, “Global Health: A Normative Analysis of Intellectual Property Rights and Global Distributive Justice.” From 2008-2010 he was an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan before completing a joint post-doctoral fellowship (2013) at Johns Hopkins in General Internal Medicine and Bioethics & Health Policy (through a Greenwall Fellowship). Dr. DeCamp’s research includes both conceptual and empirical methods. Additional relevant experience includes Institutional Review Board membership, as well as teaching and mentorship recognized with a 2013 Excellence in Global Health Advising Award by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics in bioethics, human rights, and clinical ethics (with a focus on justice).
Vincent Duclos, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages. He is an anthropologist of medicine, writing about digital health systems and practices. He has conducted field research in India and West Africa, studying how digital media transform population health management and the delivery of medical care. His work is inspired by cultural anthropology, media theory and science studies. He has published his work in many journals including Cultural Anthropology, Journal of Information Technology, and Health Research Policy and Systems.
William Egginton, PhD, is the Decker Professor in the Humanities and the inaugural director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins. He is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books on such topics as the relationship between psychoanalysis, literature, and philosophy; religion and politics; and science and literature. His self-authored books include How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher’s Desire (2007), The Theater of Truth (2010), In Defense of Religious Moderation (2011), and The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered In the Modern World (2016).
Lucie Gerber, PhD, is a temporary lecturer and research attaché at the University of Strasbourg. She received a PhD in History from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in 2016, and held a fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, as Fulbright visiting postdoctoral researcher. Her dissertation, “The Laboratory of Animal Spirits: Animal Experimentation, Knowledge Production and Therapeutic Innovation in the Fields of Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease, 1950-2010,” analyzed animal modeling activities in biological psychiatry and neurology in relation to the histories of psychopharmacology, the pharmaceutical industry, and medical theory. Her recent work includes research on the sources and early history of the American behavioral medicine movement as well as on the history of the application of electronics to the understanding and modification of behavior. Among her publications are: “Marketing Loops: The Development of Psychopharmacological Screening at Geigy in the 1960s and 1970s,” in J.-P. Gaudillière & U. Thoms (eds), The Development of Scientific Marketing in the Twentieth Century (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2015), pp. 191-212 and “Marketing Masked Depression: Physicians, Pharmaceutical Firms, and the Redefinition of Mood Disorders in the 1960s and 1970s,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Volume 90, Number 3, Fall 2016, pp. 455-90, which she co-authored with Jean-Paul Gaudillière.
Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and the History of Medicine and holds the Elizabeth A. Treide and A. McGehee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; his most recent book, Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicines, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Greene’s first book, Prescribing by Numbers: Drugs and the Definition of Disease, was awarded the Rachel Carson Prize by the Society for the Social Studies of Science and the Edward Kremers Prize by the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy. His current project, The Electronic Patient, traces how changing expectations of instantaneous communications through electric, electronic, and digital media transformed the nature of medical knowledge and practice This research is focused on recapturing how more mundane technologies of communication enabled and altered the production, circulation, and consumption of medical knowledge, from telephone to telemetry, text pager to Facebook. This work is supported by a Faculty Scholars Fellowship from the Greenwall Foundation.
Carmine Grimaldi is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Chicago, and a fellow at Harvard’s Film Study Center. His writings have appeared in Representations and The Atlantic. His films have screened at festivals in the US and abroad.
Katja Guenther, PhD is Associate Professor of the History of Science in the History Department at Princeton University. Her first book Localization and Its Discontents: A Genealogy of Psychoanalysis and the Neuro Disciplines (Chicago, 2015) explores the shared but diverging practices and theoretical assumptions within the medicine of mind and brain. Her current book project, The Mirror and the Mind—Reflections on the Self in the History of the Mind Sciences, is a history of the mirror self-recognition test in the twentieth century, which has been used in myriad contexts: Jacques Lacan’s mirror stage, V.S. Ramachandran’s phantom limb treatment, Giacomo Rizzolatti’s mirror neurons, Gordon Gallup’s self-recognition experiments, Grey Walter’s cybernetic tortoises, and Edmund Carpenter’s “mirror-naïve” Biami in New Guinea.
Helene Hedian, MD is an attending physician and assistant professor of general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University. As a clinician-educator, she provides primary care for a diverse panel of adults with complex medical conditions. Her clinical area of expertise is the specific health needs of LGBTQ patients, as well as health disparities within this community. Her educational endeavors range from classroom didactics to direct supervision of residents in general internal medicine clinic, in which context she works to improve diagnostic acumen and reinforce appropriate preventive health care. One of her research interests is the recent – almost universal – implementation of electronic medical records. She examines the impact of this digitization on various aspects of patient care, including its effect on patient-provider communication, factors influencing provider satisfaction with different systems, the use of medical scribes as a technical workaround, and patterns of provider use which may be associated with improved health outcomes.
Katie Hindmarch-Watson, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. She is a Cultural Historian of Modern Britain and the British Empire interested in the entanglements of gender, labor, technology, and sexuality. Her current manuscript, Dispatches from the Underground: telecommunications workers and the making of an information capital, 1870-1916, studies telegraph and telephone workers’ impact on London’s communications networks in the fin de siecle.
Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, is the Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. He is also Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy, and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. His research interests include the ethics of research, ethics and public health, and ethics and emerging biomedical technologies. He speaks widely both in the U.S. and abroad, and has published four books and over 125 articles in the bioethics and medical literature. He is an elected Fellow of the Hastings Center, and has chaired or served on committees and panels for the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Medicine, where he is currently chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy. His education includes a BA in microbiology (UCLA, 1983), MPH (Johns Hopkins, 1988), and PhD in philosophy (Georgetown, 1989).
Fabian Kraemer, PhD, is an historian of science interested in the history of the sciences and the humanities from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century and teaches at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Munich. He has two main research interests: (1) the scholarly practices of reading and writing that were shared across the early modern Republic of Letters and their relation to “scientific” observation; (2) the pre-history of the two cultures (C.P. Snow) in the long nineteenth century. His first book, Ein Zentaur in London (A Centaur in London: Observation and Reading in the Early Modern Study of Nature) has been awarded with three prestigous prizes, including the Prize for Young Scholars of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division of History of Science and Technology. His current research on how the sciences and the humanities grew apart at institutions of higher learning in the U.S. and Germany has been generously funded by Volkswagen Foundation.
Lakshmi Krishnan, MD, PhD earned her MD from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her DPhil (PhD.) in English Literature from the University of Oxford, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University, where she was a Faculty Affiliate at the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine. She is currently a Fellow in General Internal Medicine and History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Her current research focuses on the history and epistemology of diagnosis and puzzle solving across genres, from detective fiction to medical case reports. She is interested in the notion that the history of diagnosis is central to the history of disease, and that the process of diagnosis is an equally dynamic and evolving entity, influenced by history, technology, narrative, ethics, pedagogy, and trends, and which can be excavated in texts of many different sorts. More broadly, she is engaged with the relationship between medicine and the humanities writ large. Her research emphasizes deploying the tools of literary and historical criticism to examine medical and clinical issues. Prior work includes the nature of psychiatric illness as represented in nineteenth-century English novels, the intersection of anger as cognition and emotion in Victorian poetry.
Andrew Lea, Doctoral Candidate, graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in History and Science. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Oxford. His dissertation, “Computerizing Diagnosis: Minds, Medicine, and Machines in Twentieth-Century America,” examines early efforts to computerize medical diagnosis—and the broader changes to medical thought and practice that emerged out of these efforts. An article derived from this project is currently at the “revise and resubmit” stage for the journal Isis.
Deborah Levine, PhD is associate professor of health policy and management at Providence College where she teaches courses on the American health care system, food policy, and patient experience, among others. Trained as a historian of science, her research focuses on the history of medicine and disease in the United States. She is currently at work finishing a book manuscript about diet, nutrition, and obesity in the United States. Other current research projects include the histories of wellness trackers, medical education, and gender in health insurance marketing.
Alex Moffett, MD, is a resident in the Osler Medical Housestaff Training Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and a PhD student in the History of Science at the University of Chicago. He is currently completing a dissertation on the history of collective investigation in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British, German, and American medicine.
Jacek Mostwin, MD, D.Phil is Professor of Urology with expertise in pelvic surgery and lower urinary tract function, at Hopkins since 1978; full time active faculty since 1985. He directed an NIH sponsored laboratory on bladder function for seven years. Since then he has been active in medical ethics and education with special focus on the personal and social dimensions of medicine. In 2004 he completed an MFA in photography related to religious pilgrimage of the sick. He is a member of the International Medical Committee of Lourdes. In 2005, he became director of the Hopkins medical school course Patient, Physician and Society until the new curriculum, Genes to Society, was implemented. He was co-chairman of the hospital Ethics Committee from 2006-2012. He teaches the introduction to medical ethics for the medical school. From 2008-2009 he was a Harvard Macy scholar and serves on the faculty of the Harvard Macy Program for Medical Educators. From 2014 to 2016 he was a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Life Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford. In 2016 he joined the affiliate faculty at the Berman Institute of Ethics to pursue research on biography and memoir in patients and practitioners.
Timothy Niessen, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University. He is a practicing physician on the Hospitalist unit at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. With broad interests in clinical medicine, quality improvement, physical diagnosis, clinical reasoning and resident education, he is especially interested in the intersection of bedside medicine and technology.
Mark Olson, PhD, is Laverack Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. As a scholar seeking to connect media history, theory and practice, his research leverages the methods and paradigms of visual studies, media archaeology and performance studies to gain critical traction on a rapidly changing set of relations between human capacities, technological systems, and embodied forms of power and knowledge. He is particularly interested in the technological mediation of practice across a wide range of contexts: practices of surgical craft and medical care-giving; scholarly practices engaged with material culture; embodiment in the expressive arts; and finally, practices of memory and information management in the everyday conduct of creative labor. He is co-founder of two humanities labs at Duke University, the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture and S-1: Speculative Sensation .
Kirsten Ostherr, PhD, MPH is the Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, where she is a media scholar and health researcher. She is the author of Medical Visions: Producing the Patient through Film, Television and Imaging Technologies (Oxford, 2013) and Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health (Duke, 2005), co-editor of Science/Animation, a special issue of the journal Discourse (2016), and editor of Applied Media Studies (forthcoming 2018, Routledge). Her current research is on information and communication technologies in medicine, patient narratives, and the role of simulation as a mediator between human and technological forms of medical expertise. Her current book project is called Quantified Health: Making Stories from Data in the Algorithmic Age. She is Director of the Medical Futures Lab and has spoken to audiences at the White House, the World Health Organization, the National Library of Medicine, TEDx, the mHealth Summit, Medicine X, the Louisville Innovation Summit, the Bauhaus, and universities and conferences worldwide.
Tom Özden-Schilling, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins. His research examines how new practices of environmental knowledge production are transforming individual articulations of identity politics and settler colonialism in rural North America. His first book project, Salvage Cartographies: Mapping Futures in a Northern Forest, is a multi-locale ethnography of two research communities currently mapping and modeling ecological succession patterns and land use changes on the traditional territories of the Gitanyow and Gitxsan First Nations in northwest British Columbia. In conversation with forest ecologists, First Nations cartographers, and other rural experts striving to represent the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, Tom’s work explores everyday experiences of neoliberalization by detailing how aspiration, obligation, and belonging come to be mediated by maps, models, and other material artifacts of scientific work.
Randall M. Packard, PhD, is the William H. Welch Professor of the History of Medicine of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of International Health and is editor of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. Prior to taking up his current position, he taught at Emory University, where held a joint appointment in History and International Health and directed the Center for the Study of Health, Culture and Society. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Packard is a specialist on the social history of health and disease in Africa and in the history of global health. He is the author of several books and edited collections, including: White Plague Black Labor: Tuberculosis and the Political Economy of Health and Disease in South Africa (University of California Press, 1989), Malaria: The Making of a Tropical Disease (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and A History of Global Health, Interventions into the Lives of Other Peoples (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016). He is currently working on a global history of dengue fever.
Robert Peckham, PhD, is Director of the Centre for the Humanities and Medicine and Associate Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on histories of infectious disease, epidemic control, and technologies of surveillance – particularly in relation to colonial and post-colonial spaces and places. Recent publications include the book Epidemics in Modern Asia (2016) and the edited volumes, Imperial Contagions: Hygiene and Cultures of Planning in Asia (2013; co-editor); Disease and Crime: A History of Social Pathologies and the New Politics of Health (2014); and Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties (2015). He is currently completing a three-year research project, funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, entitled Techno-Imperialism and the Origins of Global Health, which explores the redeployment of imperial communication technologies for health.
David H. Peters, MD, MPH, DrPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a specialist in international health systems who has worked as a researcher, policy advisor, educator, bureaucrat, manager, and clinician in dozens of developing countries over the last two decades. He previously worked as a Senior Public Health Specialist at the World Bank, and as the Director of the Health Systems Program at Johns Hopkins. He is Research Director for the Future Health Systems research consortium, which is working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor, with field sites in five countries in Africa and Asia. He pioneered the development of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in health, and created the first national Balanced Scorecard to assess and manage health services (in Afghanistan). He is currently leading a program to strengthen public health systems in Liberia in the wake of the Ebola epidemic. He has written seven books and over 100 scientific articles, mostly focusing on health systems in low and middle-income countries. His teaching and research focus on the performance of health systems, implementation research methods, poverty and health systems, innovations in organization, technology, and financing of health systems, the role of the private sector, human resource management, and ways to use donor assistance to strengthen local capacity in low-income countries.
Scott Podolsky, MD, is a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Medical Library, and a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is co-author of Generation of Diversity: Clonal Selection and the Rise of Molecular Immunology(Harvard, 1997), author of Pneumonia before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America (Johns Hopkins, 2006), co-editor of Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters (Science History Publications, 2009), and author of The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics (Johns Hopkins, 2015).
Gianna Pomata, PhD, is a professor of the history of medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She has held visiting professorships at several foreign academic institutions (Max Planck Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin; European University Institute, Florence; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Centre Koyré, Paris; Maison de l’Histoire at the University of Geneva; Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany). In 2016-17 she was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Her research interests include early modern European social and cultural history, with a main focus on the history of medicine. She has recently published several essays on the history of scientific observation and an annotated translation of Oliva Sabuco’s The True Medicine for the Series “The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe” (Toronto, 2010). Among her previous work are the volumes Contracting a Cure: Patients, Healers, and the Law in Early Modern Bologna (1998), The Faces of Nature in Enlightenment Europe (2003, co-edited with Lorraine Daston), and Historia: Empiricism and Erudition in Early Modern Europe, (2005, co-edited with Nancy Siraisi). She is currently completing a book on the history of the medical case narrative, for which she received a three-year grant from the National Library of Medicine. With her Hopkins colleague, Marta Hanson, she is engaged in a collaborative study of Specimen Medicinae Sinicae (1682), the first book that introduced to European Latin readers a translation of Chinese pulse medicine with related pharmaceutical recipes. A cross-cultural approach to the history of medical genres and epistemologies is a central feature of her current research work.
Natasha Dow Schüll, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor in the department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas (2012), an ethnographic exploration of the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her current book project, Keeping Track: Personal Informatics, Self-Regulation, and the Data-Driven Life (forthcoming), concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies and the new modes of introspection and self-governance they engender. Her research has been featured in such national media venues as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic.
John Harley Warner, PhD, is the Avalon Professor and Chair of History of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine, and at Yale he is also Professor of History, of American Studies, and of History of Science and Medicine. He is also Acting chair of Yale’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard, and, after two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, joined the Yale faculty in 1986. He teaches graduate, medical, and undergraduate students. His work focuses on science, medicine, and health cultures chiefly in America from the late-eighteenth century through the present, with particular attention to professional identity, the visual cultures of medicine, medical education, and transnational comparison. His books include The Therapeutic Perspective: Medical Practice, Knowledge, and Identity in America, 1820-1885; Against the Spirit of System: The French Impulse in Nineteenth-Century American Medicine; and Dissection: Photographs of a Rite of Passage in American Medicine, 1880-1930, as well as the co-edited volumes Major Problems in the History of American Medicine; Locating Medical History: The Stories and Their Meanings; and Translating the Body: The History of Medical Education in Southeast Asia. Current projects include a book tentatively titled The Quest for Authenticity in Modern Medicine.
Bernadette Wegenstein, PhD, is a semiotician, filmmaker, and leading figure in the emergent field of media theory. In books like Getting Under the Skin: Body and Media Theory, and The Cosmetic Gaze: Body Modification and the Construction of Beauty, Prof. Wegenstein shows how the most intimate experiences of the human body are intertwined with the technologies we use to communicate, represent the world, and envision and diagnose our illnesses. From analyzes of literature, the visual arts, the history of cinema, and the onset of digital technology, Prof. Wegenstein’s work explores how the ways we inhabit our bodies are inextricably bound to how we desire them to be, and how this desire is thoroughly cosmetic, i.e., structured by the logic of enhancement and improvement. She works and teaches on Italian cinema, cinematic representations of the Holocaust, and documentary and experimental film. She is also a documentary filmmaker with three features Made Over in America, See You Soon Again and The Good Breast distributed, another one in post-production, and a fifth one in pre-production. The Center for Advanced Media Studies, which she directs at Johns Hopkins University, supports an integrated agenda of research and media arts production in collaboration with the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Yvonne Wübben MD, PhD, is a professor of Literature and Anthropological Knowledge at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She studied medicine, literature and philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Universität Freiburg and the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include German literature from 18th-20th century, reading and writing in medicine, history of genres and the history of psychiatry. She was a visiting fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte and held fellowships at the British Academy, the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, the University of Chicago and the IFK Wien. Currently, she works on the relation between psychiatry and literature in 19th/20th century. Recent publications: Büchners Lenz. Geschichte eines Falls (Konstanz: KUP 2016), Verrückte Sprache. Psychiater und Dichter in der Anstalt des 19. Jh. (Kontanz: KUP 2012), Co-Ed. Literatur und Wissen. Ein Handbuch (Stuttgart: Metzler 2013).
Hannah Zeavin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU. Her research examines the relationships between the history of psychology and media history. Her dissertation, “The Communication Cure: Tele-Therapy 1890-2017” focuses on the delivery of talk therapy over distance, arguing that tele-therapy, far from being a new treatment modality in the age of Skype and smartphone apps, is at least as old as psychoanalysis itself. She has served as the Managing Editor of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience, and the Assistant Editor of Public Culture and Public Books. Beyond the academy, she volunteers as a state-certified rape crisis counselor.
Roy Ziegelstein, MD, is the Vice Dean for Education at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Vice Chair of Humanism in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He is the Sarah Miller Coulson and Frank L. Coulson, Jr., Professor of Medicine, and the Mary Wallace Stanton Professor of Education. Dr. Ziegelstein completed his internship and residency in internal medicine on the Osler Medical Service at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1989 and was an Assistant Chief of Service (ACS) at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1989 to 1990, his cardiology fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 1993, with a joint appointment at the NIH. He then joined the cardiology faculty at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he has been on faculty continuously since 1993. For the past 20 years, he has been a leader in research on depression and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ziegelstein directed the internal medicine residency training program at Johns Hopkins Bayview from 1997-2006. He also developed and directed the Transition to Residency and Internship and Preparation for Life (TRIPLE) course for 4th-year medical students, their “capstone” course before graduation. Dr. Ziegelstein co-directs the Aliki Initiative, a program for internal medicine residents that is focused on the practice of patient-centered care. Dr. Ziegelstein is a 5-time recipient of the George J. Stuart Award for Outstanding Clinical Teaching and he also has received the Professor’s Award for Distinction in Teaching in the Clinical Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The American College of Physicians Maryland Chapter has recognized him with the C. Lockard Conley Award for Contributions to Resident Education and Research and the Theodore E. Woodward Award for Medical Education. He was named a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2012, and received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2013. Dr. Ziegelstein received the first annual Sponsorship Award from the Task Force on Women’s Academic Careers in Medicine in the Department of Medicine, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award, both in 2015.