Doctoral Candidate

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 popular mental healing, the human sciences, and biomedicine in Latin America. Specifically, Taylor is interested in how human scientists and medical practitioners navigated and negotiated their relationship with local healing and knowledge-making practices in Peru and Colombia during the twentieth century.

While at Penn, Taylor is 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, excavate, and workshop ideas and problems 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. She has also worked on, and remains intrigued by, the history of transnational physician migration.

Research Interests

History of the human sciences; history of health and medicine; history of the body; feminist, postcolonial, and decolonial STS; modern Latin American history; gender, sexuality, and women's studies.

Courses Taught

Teaching Assistant: HSOC 112: The People's Health, Spring 2020

Teaching Assistant: HSOC 145: Comparative Medicine, Fall 2019

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

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

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