Doctoral Candidate

2017 Cohort


M.A. History of Medicine, McGill University 

B.A. History and Psychology (Honours), McMaster University 

Taylor E. Dysart's research explores the emergence, coalescence, and resistance of ayahuasca, caapí, and yagé as scientific objects from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentieth century in the northwestern Amazon. She situates this transnational story within regional histories of settler colonialism, nationalism, and development. Broadly speaking, she is interested in the history of the human and life sciences, the history of health and medicine, modern Latin American history, post-colonial and feminist science studies, and Indigenous studies. 

Dysart is currently a co-chair with the Graduate and Early Career Caucus of the History of Science Society and the Associate Editor for the History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, a collaborative pedagogical project in the digital humanities. She previously served a co-ordinator for the Science Beyond the West Working Group and, in 2019, was one of the co-organizers for the Collaborative Pedagogies in the Global History of Science

For 2021 - 2022, Dysart holds a Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence at Penn's Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2020, she received a Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students from the School of Arts and Sciences. 

Research Interests

History of the human and life sciences; history of health and medicine; modern Latin American history; history of psychedelics; post-colonial and feminist science studies; post-humanism; Indigenous studies. 

Selected Work

Articles and Book Chapters 

Dysart, Taylor. “Marlene Dobkin de Rios: A Case for Complex Histories of Women in Psychedelics.” In Women & Psychedelics: Uncovering Invisible Voices, edited by Erika Dyck et al., (Santa Fe, NM: Synergetic Press, forthcoming English edition) and (Mexico City: Lunaria Ediciones, forthcoming Spanish edition). 

Dysart, Taylor and David Wright. “Come-By-Chance: Newfoundland and Global Medical Migration, 1950-1976.” The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 49, no. 5 (2021): 994 – 1020

Book Reviews 

Review of Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawai’i and Oceania, by Maile Arvin. Durham, NC: Duke University Press,  2019. Forthcoming in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

Review of Reasoning Against Madness: Psychiatry and the State in Rio de Janeiro, 1830-1944, by Manuella Meyer. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017. In Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 37, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 274 - 77. 

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