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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.





Shubhangi Mehrotra

Shubhangi Mehrotra finished her Ph.D. at University at Buffalo. She works at the intersection of postcolonial and contemporary Anglophone literature, disability studies, health humanities, gender and sexual studies, and human rights. She has taught interdisciplinary writing, literature, and theory courses at University at Buffalo (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY). Having worked in two countries and in two continents, Shubhangi’s research focuses on the global issues surrounding health humanities. She is currently researching and writing about the politics of purity and contamination in South-Asian communities.

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