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Thompson earns grant

Courtney E. Thompson

MSU assistant professor Courtney E. Thompson, who specializes in the history of U.S. women, science and medicine, has been named a 2017 recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Audrey and William H. Helfand Fellowship in the History of Medicine and Public Health.

The award supports research using Academy library resources for scholarly study of the history of medicine and public health with an emphasis on visual culture.

As a Helfand Fellow, Thompson will participate next summer in a month-long residency at the New York Academy of Medicine. The fellowship will be of fundamental importance to her research process as she completes her first book manuscript currently titled “The Criminal Race: Crime, Violence, and the Phrenological Imaginary in Nineteenth-century America.”

Prior to joining the MSU faculty in August, Thompson served as a lecturer in the history department at Yale University. She also was jointly appointed in the School of Medicine’s Section of the History of Medicine.

A native of Toms River, N.J., Thompson holds a bachelor’s in history and science, with a secondary field in studies of women, gender and sexuality from Harvard University. She also is a history Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and doctoral graduate of Yale University’s Program in the History of Science and Medicine.


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