Seth LeJacq Successfully Defends Thesis

Seth LeJacq has successfully defended his dissertation, "Run Afoul: Sodomy, Masculinity, and the Body in the Georgian Royal Navy." Seth's dissertation deals with the history of the homoerotic, male-male sexual contact, and formal repression of sodomy in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Royal Navy, focusing in particular on the Napoleonic period. It asks how and why different actors recognized certain activities as "sodomy" and explores the place of the homoerotic in working-class naval culture.

Alum Susan Lamb Awarded 2016 Cheiron Book Prize

Susan D. Lamb, PhD, has been awarded the 2016 Cheiron Book Prize for The Pathologist of the Mind: Adolf Meyer and the Origins of American Psychiatry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences awards the prize biennially for an outstanding monograph in the history of the social/behavioral/human sciences. 

Justin Rivest Defends Thesis on Pharmaceutical Monopolies

Congratulations to Justin Rivest, Ph.D., who recently defended his dissertation, "Secret Remedies and the Rise of Pharmaceutical Monopolies in France during the First Global Age." Justin's dissertation is a study of early pharmaceutical monopolies in France, circa 1680-1740. It explores the links between chymical medicine, the arrival of new therapeutic substances in Europe, and the emergence of large-scale pharmaceutical supply contracting. It focuses particularly on the careers of a small set of vendors who built large-scale pharmaceutical supply relationships with bulk consumers, such as

New BHM blog on teaching the history of medicine

The Bulletin of the History of Medicine has launched a new blog on teaching the history of medicine, Recommended Dose. The editors, "envision this blog as a site where historians of medicine can share specific assignments and strategies that have worked for them in the classroom . . . .This blog will be a place for short, highly focused essays – small 'doses'– with concrete recommendations on pedagogical practices." They welcome contributions from educators teaching the history of medicine in a range of classroom settings.

Marion Schmidt at the Berlin Charité Institute Feb. 2

Marion Schmidt will be giving a talk, "From Preventing Defect to Serving a Disadvantaged Minority: Genetic Counseling for Deaf People," at the Berlin Charité Institute of the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine on February 2, as part of the workshop, "The Establishment of Genetic Counseling in the Second Half of the 20th Century." The international workshop, held Feb. 2-3, will analyze global, national, and local factors that influenced the establishment of genetic counseling and shaped its further development.


Seth LeJacq wins 2015 NECBS David Underdown Prize

Seth LeJacq has been awarded the 2015 Northeast Conference on British Study (NECBS) David Underdown Prize for his paper, “Between Decks: Sodomy, Masculinity, and Abuse of Authority in the Nelsonian Royal Navy.” The prize is awarded annually for the best paper read at the conference by a graduate student. Seth presented his paper as part of the panel, “Gender, Sexuality, and Reputation in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” at the 2015 meeting of the NECBS, held at the University of Ottawa.


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