B.A. George Washington University
Brigid studies animal history, the history of the human sciences, and transnational science. Her dissertation examines the history of laboratory chimpanzees in the 20th century United States as animals that transformed from a novel, promising experimental organism to an inappropriate one. She focuses on the challenges of acquiring, breeding, and maintaining healthy laboratory chimpanzees as a form of knowledge production intertwined with experimental knowledge. Additionally, she asks how chimpanzees' natural range in equatorial Africa involved American scientists with networks of African labor, expertise, and colonial and post-colonial goverments.