Laurel Daen

Laurel Daen

Asst. Professor, Dept. of American Studies

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

Areas of Specialization: History of Disability; Critical Disability Studies; History of Medicine; History of Women and Gender


Laurel Daen is an Assistant Professor of American Studies, a Concurrent Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, and a member of the History and Philosophy of Science Program. Her research and teaching focus on disability, sickness, medicine, and health in America, primarily during the 18th and 19th centuries. She is currently completing her first book, which examines disability and civil rights around the time of the American Revolution. Her work has also appeared in the Journal of Social HistoryJournal of the Early RepublicEarly American LiteratureHistory Compass, and Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939. Before coming to Notre Dame, Daen earned her Ph.D. from William & Mary and held long-term National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the Massachusetts Historical Society. 


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