Postdoctoral Fellows and Visitors

Current Postdoctoral Fellows


Lakshmi Krishnan, MD, PhD

Lakshmi Krishnan earned her MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her DPhil (PhD.) in English Literature from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation considered the Victorian poet A.C. Swinburne and his relationship to genre in the long nineteenth century. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Duke University, where she was also a Faculty Affiliate at the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, & History of Medicine. She is currently a fellow in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Institute of History of Medicine. Additionally, she practices as a hospitalist on the Johns Hopkins Hospital Inpatient Service.

Lakshmi is at work on a book about the intellectual history and epistemology of diagnosis and puzzle solving across genres, from detective fiction to medical case reports. She is interested in the notion that the history of diagnosis is central to the history of disease, and that the process of diagnosis is an equally dynamic and evolving generic entity, influenced by history, technology, narrative, ethics, pedagogy, and trends, and which can be excavated in "diagnostic" texts of many different sorts viz. case histories, murder mysteries, true crime narratives, and courtroom testimonials.  This work has clinical relevance in responding to emerging disease or medical mystery on a global scale, the diagnostic process in the face of new technologies, and the immediate problem of diagnostic error in clinical practice.

More broadly, she is engaged with the relationship between medicine and the humanities writ large. Her research emphasizes deploying the tools of literary and historical criticism to examine medical issues, querying the ways in which the cognitive processes of empirical or clinical deduction and traditionally "humanistic" discursive analysis and critical thinking interact. She has published a number of articles on intertextuality and aesthetic influences on the Victorian period (appearing in Modern Language Review and Victorian Literature and Culture among others), on anger and cognition in Victorian poetry (Victorian Poetry Volume 52, 2014), and mental illness in the nineteenth-century novel (Journal of Brontë Studies Volume 32, 2007).

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Michael Shiyung Liu, PhD

Michael earned his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been Visiting Scholar at National Yokoham University; Harvard-Yenching Scholar; Visiting Professor of Chun-Chiu Lecture at Oregon State University; EU Erasmus Mundus Masters Scholar; and Senior Researcher at the Center of Historical Research, Ohio State University. Michael is currently Research Fellow/Professor of the Institute of Taiwan History and Joint Research Fellow of the Research Center of Humanity and Social Science, Academia Sinica.

He has published Prescribing Colonization: the Role of Medical Practice and Policy in Japan-Ruled Taiwan, 1895-1945 (2009) and Katana and Lancet: The Transformation, Assimilation and Diffusion of Western Medicine in Japan (2012; in Chinese) along with 40-plus articles. Michael’s research covers Japanese colonial medicine, East Asian history of public health in the twentieth century, and East Asian environmental history. He is researching the international health network in Cold War East Asia at JHU between 2016 and 2017.



Current Visiting Scholars




 Former Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars

Meng Zhang

Meng is a Ph.D. candidate from Peking University. He is interested in modern Chinese history and the history of medical education in China, especially the influences of Japanese medical modernizers on the medical reforms in Republican China.




Lucie Gerber, PhD

Lucie received her Ph.D. in History, option History of Sciences, from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, in Paris in 2016. Her dissertation, “The Laboratory of Animal Spirits: Animal Experimentation, Knowledge Production and Therapeutic Innovation in the Fields of Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease, 1950-2010,” analyzed the practice of animal experimentation in biological psychiatry and neurology in relation to the histories of psychopharmacology, the pharmaeutical industry, market construction processes for drugs, medical theory, and the intersection between the behavioral, mind, and brain sciences.

She received a Fulbright Research Scholar Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral research at Hopkins for the spring semester of 2017. Her current project examines the experimental foundations of the American behavioral medicine movement. It investigates the role played by tools, techniques, and material practices in the structuring and consolidation of new interactions among behavioral psychology, neurophysiology, and the medical sciences between the 1950s and the 1970s, and in the related development of models of physical illness and health, emphasizing the contribution of non-biological factors.

Lucie co-authored an article on the role played by the construction of the European market for first-generation antidepressants in the redefinition of the psychiatric notion of depression during the 1960s and 1970s, which was published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Fall 2016, Volume 90). She also contributed a chapter on industrial preclinical research on antidepressants in The Development of Scientific Marketing in the Twentieth Century, edited by Jean-Paul Gaudillière and Ulrike Thoms (Pickering & Chatto, 2015)



Bridget Gurtler, PhD

Research interests: History of medicine and public health in America from the nineteenth century to the present; history of biomedical sciences, gender and sexuality. Has a particular interest in the history of reproduction, reproductive technologies, and the family. 

Her current book project examines the evolution of assisted reproduction and parenthood in American medicine, families, and society. Focusing on the two hundred year history of artificial insemination, it investigates how popular and scientific ideas about gendered bodies, heredity, and risk shaped the transformation of sperm into a (frozen) commodity, were pivotal to separating the act of sex from reproduction, and laid the institutional foundations for the modern fertility industry.

Her future research will focus on key medical technologies (especially, surgical innovations) that have changed the experience and understanding of healthy aging in America.


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Katherine Arner

Katherine Arner, PhD (2014-16)

Katherine received her Ph.D. in the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University in 2014. As a postdoctoral fellow, she worked on two projects. The first was an outgrowth of Katherine's broader training in the history of medicine and public health in this department as well as her years of involvement in undergraduate education at Hopkins. She worked with Professor Stuart Leslie on his new history of Johns Hopkins University. The volume will offer a fresh look on the different spaces of inquiry that have defined the university as a whole.   

The second was an outgrowth of Katherine's dissertation on the yellow fever pandemics during the Age of Revolutions. She explored the new ecology of health management contemporaries created to deal with the crisis. Using the framework of Atlantic History, her work looked at how knowledge about the disease and management practices became subject to the global circulation of medical actors who connected the diverse ports that hosted outbreaks of the disease. Portions of this work have appeared in the Journal of Atlantic Studies and the Journal of World History.



Gabriel Lopes Anaya (2014-15)

Gabriel holds a bachelor's degree in History and master's degree in History and Spaces from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). He was a PhD Candidate exchange student for one full academic year (2014/2015) from Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - FIOCRUZ (Rio de Janeiro). His research interests include the history of tropical diseases, transnational history and history of medical entomology. Gabriel's dissertation examines the interplay between ecology, health policies and transnational history within the context of the malaria outbreaks caused by the A. gambiae, an African mosquito which arrived in Brazil in 1930. He is also interested in topics concerning anthropology (multispecies ethnography), philosophy (speculative realism), free software movement and science fiction.

Gabriel's work at the Institute for the History of Medicine was supported by a Sandwich Doctorate scholarship provided by CAPES, a government agency linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Education in charge of promoting high standards for post-graduate courses in Brazil.
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Devon Stillwell, PhD (2013-15)

Devon was at Hopkins on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship. She completed her PhD in history, and a diploma in Gender Studies and Feminist Research, at McMaster University in 2013. Her dissertation, “Interpreting the Genetic Revolution: A History of Genetic Counseling in the United States, 1930-2000” analyzed the evolution of prenatal genetic counseling in relation to histories of eugenics, genetics, bioethics, medical professionalization processes, and reproductive and disability rights. She is currently researching the history of Huntington’s disease, cancer, and genetic counseling for adult-onset conditions. She is also preparing a book manuscript on genetic counseling and the role of medical genetics in shaping 20th century American biopolitics and understandings of biological risk. Devon’s work has appeared in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, and she has a forthcoming article in Social History of Medicine. She taught a course on Women, Health, and Medicine in Modern America at JHU in Spring 2015.


Taehyung Stephan Lee, PhD (2014-15)

Taehyung has a BA and MD(DKM) in Korean Medicine, and a doctorate in Medical History from the College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University. His dissertation explored disputes about the modernization of Korean Medicine. While at Hopkins, he was researching the process of standardizing Korean Medicine through government health policy in late-twentieth century Korea. He is also interested in the characteristics of Korean Medicine before it was modernized in the twentieth century.