Graduate Student

Entered 2017

Claudia Cohen Hall 332


M.A., History of Medicine, McGill University

B.A., History and Psychology, McMaster University

Taylor Dysart studies the historical intersections between psychiatry, the human sciences, folk healing, and gender. In particular, Taylor is interested in how medical practitioners and human scientists attempted to render practices of folk healing - both its material and abstract components - amenable to urban biomedical spaces in twentieth-century Latin America and the colonial legacies of these asymmetric relationships.

While at Penn, Taylor is also completing a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently one of the co-ordinators for the Science Beyond the West working group, which meets regularly to explore ideas in histories of science, medicine, and technology that extend beyond North America and Western Europe.

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at Penn, Taylor completed a B.A. in History and Psychology at McMaster University followed by an M.A. in the History of Medicine at McGill University. While in Montréal, her research focused primarily on the cultural history of clinical psychopharmacology and mental health care workers.

Research Interests

History of the human sciences; history of psychiatry; history of medicine; anthropology and history of drugs; feminist and postcolonial STS; modern Latin American history; gender, sexuality, and women's studies.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant: HSOC 010: Health & Societies, Fall 2018

Teaching Assistant: HSOC 112: The People's Health, Spring 2019

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