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 assisting with 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 research focuses on questions of health and medical care in U.S. literature and culture across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His article,  

“Health Care Fictions: The Business of Medicine and Modern US Literature” appears in American Literature, and another article, "Diagnosing Desire: Literary Experiments with Sexuality and the Nerves,” is forthcoming in Literature and Medicine. In 2021, Halpern defended his dissertation, entitled “Doctoring America: The Literature of Medical Care,” for the Ph.D. in English at the University of Toronto.