Ira Halpern

Ira Halpern

NEH/Teagle Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar

Affiliation: Health, Humanities, and Society, History and Philosophy of Science


Ira Halpern is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values. He is working on the University of Notre Dame’s implementation of the Cornerstone: Learning for Living grant, which emerges from a joint initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Teagle Foundation.

Halpern’s current book project focuses on how U.S. fiction from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries takes up the entanglements of health and medicine with social reform and political change. Two articles emerge from this research: “Health Care Fictions: The Business of Medicine and Modern US Literature” appears in American Literature, and “Diagnosing Desire: Literary Experiments with Sexuality and the Nerves” is forthcoming in Literature and Medicine.

 Halpern received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto.