History of psychiatry, U.S. West, Pacific World
Madness, Mining, and Migration in the Pacific World, 1848-1900
Originally from Stockton, California, I graduated with a degree in history and music from UC Davis in 2004. My decision to pursue a Ph.D. in history was influenced by a passion for writing historical narratives and a penchant for archival research. My dissertation examines the comparative history of insanity and institutions in the major nineteenth-century Pacific gold rush regions of California, Australia and British Columbia. Recognizing the role of migration in shaping patient demographics and institutional practices in these regions, I use mobility as an optic for tracing migrant patient populations, contextualizing their encounters with various local, state, and national institutions, and providing insight into the broader, global developments that shaped the emerging field of psychiatry.
» University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Research Grant, 2008-2009
» Dean of Humanities Summer Research Grant, UC Irvine, 2008
» Dobbs Prize for Best Honors Essay in History, UC Davis, 2004
“The Chinese American Experience to 1870.” Immigrants in America, Elliot Barkan ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio (Forthcoming 2010).
Review of Alicia Barber, Reno’s Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City in Southern California Quarterly 88:3 (Forthcoming Fall 2009).
Previous Degrees or Work Experience:
» Asian American Studies Graduate Emphasis, UC Irvine (2007)
» M.A. in History, UC Irvine (2006)
» B.A. in History, UC Davis, Highest Honors (2004)
» University of Cambridge, UK, Education Abroad Program (Summer 2003)