Amy Zanoni is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers University. Her research interests include the histories of anti-poverty, labor and feminist movements; the welfare state; and political economy in the late twentieth-century United States. She is currently working on her dissertation, “Poor Health: Retrenchment and Resistance in Chicago’s Public Hospital,” which explores the late twentieth-century attack on the American welfare state and those who fought against it through the microcosm of a single public hospital. Amy holds an MA in Historical Studies from the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and a BA in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and English from McGill University. Her research has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Illinois State Historical Society, and the Walter P. Reuther Library.
Louise Tam is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her research interests include the social organization of mental health services and the political economy of disability/disablement within contemporary settler colonial contexts. Her dissertation, “Palliative States,” maps racialized migrants’ navigation of Canada’s mental health, immigration, and criminal justice systems as they attempt to secure legal status and safety. In particular, she interrogates the role of race and mental health evidence in refugee status determination. Louise has published journal articles and book chapters in the fields of Ethnic Studies, Disability Studies, and American Studies on Asian American counseling psychology, mental patients’ rights movements, and psychiatry behind bars. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada.
Kathleen Pierce is a PhD Candidate in the Rutgers Department of Art History whose work considers intersections of art and medicine in France's Third Republic. Her dissertation project, titled "Surface Tension: Skin, Disease, and Visuality in Third Republic France," examines a broad range of objects—from dermatological illustrations and wax-cast moulages, to public health posters and vanguard painting—to understand relationships between visualizations of the surface of the modern body and the surface in modern painting in fin-de-siècle France and its colonies.
Jorie Hofstra is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research interests include medicine and health, emotion, narrative, culture, and identity. In her dissertation, “Narrating the Neurally-Disrupted Self: Brain, Self, and Society in the Attribution of Dysregulated Anger” she studies how people facing the problem of anger after a brain injury negotiate cultural discourses relating the brain to the self, and what these people's narratives reveal about the possibilities for selfhood in an era in which the brain is believed to be central to identity. Jorie holds an MA in Sociology from Rutgers University and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation.
Hilary Buxton is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Rutgers University. Her work focuses on comparative histories of the body, race, and medicine in the British Empire. Her dissertation, “Disabled Empire: Race, Rehabilitation, and the Politics of Healing Non-white Colonial Troops, 1914-1940” traces the intersecting histories of race, the medical sciences, and trauma care during the First World War. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Coordinating Council for Women Historians. In 2017-18, she holds a Rutgers SAS Mellon Dissertation Fellowship.
Areas of Interest: Modern Britain, colonial history, history of medicine, history of the body, disability studies.
Nick Allred is a PhD candidate in the English department at Rutgers University. His dissertation looks at the relationship between habit and the representation of character in eighteenth-century Britain, chiefly through the lens of the Gin Craze (c. 1720-1751) -- a drug panic that antedates the modern concept of addiction, and attracted the attention of early fiction writers like Daniel Defoe, Eliza Haywood, Henry Fielding, and Tobias Smollett. Nick holds an M.St. from the University of Oxford and has published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (JSAD).