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Laurel Daen

Laurel Daen is a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. Her research focuses on disability, gender, medicine, poverty, law, and government in the early modern Atlantic World. She has articles published or forthcoming in the Journal of Social History, the Journal of the Early Republic, and Early American Literature. She has also received several fellowships, including long-term awards from the NEH, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the American Association of University Women, the College of William & Mary, and now the Omohundro Institute. Laurel is currently writing a book about disability in colonial and early national America.


Lauren MacIvor Thompson

Lauren MacIvor Thompson is a Lecturer of History at Georgia State University, Perimeter College, and a  Faculty Fellow in the GSU College of Law’s Center for Law, Health, & Society. Her research centers on the forces of law and medicine, and their role in the early history of public health and the birth control movement. She has a background in Public History and before returning for her doctorate, worked for various history museums and state agencies on historic garden preservation, public history projects, and Section 106 federal and state historic resource protection.




Kathleen Brian

Kathleen Brian teaches in the Liberal Studies Department and Honors Program at Western Washington University, where she works at the intersection of disability, medical, legal, and cultural history. She served as a Historian with the National Parks Service, and has held fellowships with the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust. Her research appears in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, among others. She is the editor, with James W. Trent, of Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Masculinity and Disability (Oxford, 2017), and is finalizing a manuscript that reconceptualizes Anglophone eugenics through the history of suicide. She holds a PhD in American Studies from George Washington University.




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