Program

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships , ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program

Project

Infrahumanisms: Race, Nation, and the Moral Economy of Embodiment in Twentieth-Century US Culture

Project

PhD, American Studies, Yale University appointed in American Studies and Africana Studies at Dickinson College

Department

American Studies and Africana Studies

Infrahumanisms: Race, Nation, and the Moral Economy of Embodiment in Twentieth-Century US Culture

At once an intellectual, cultural, and scientific history of humanness in the twentieth century, this dissertation is organized around a conceptual framework labeled “infrahumanism,” defined as the intersection of biological constructions of humanness, the socio-cultural symbolic weight of the human/animal boundary, and the anthropocentrism of rational humanist philosophy. Temporally, the project spans from 1914 to 2008; topically, it touches upon eugenic science, the construction of modern childhood, the emergence of primatology, the effects of nuclear technology, human experimentation, the rise of astrobiology, fetal rights, AIDS and other zoonotic (cross-species) diseases, disability legislature, and the Human Genome Project.

PhD, American Studies, Yale University appointed in American Studies and Africana Studies at Dickinson College

Dissertation: "Infrahumanisms: Race, Nation, and the Moral Economy of Embodiment in 20th Century US Culture"