Lindsey Grubbs, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

Lindsey  Grubbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Health

Lindsey Grubbs is Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at California State University, East Bay, where she teaches courses in humanities, ethics, and cultural contexts of health.  She holds a PhD in English from Emory University, where she was a Woodruff Fellow and Dean’s Teaching Fellow. After her PhD, she served as a Hecht-Levi Fellow in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University, where she was also affiliated with the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine.

Grounded in feminist disability studies and the health humanities, her research and teaching focus on the cultural history of medicine in America from the eighteenth century, the rhetoric of health & science, and bioethics, with a particular interest in psychiatry and neurology.

Her scholarship has been published in Literature & MedicineAmerican Journal of Bioethics: NeuroscienceRoutledge Handbook of Neuroethics, J19and the Cambridge Companion to United States Literature and the Body, and is forthcoming in American Literary History. She is also the editor of a new 2022 edition of John Perceval's 1838 memoir, Narrative of the Treatment Experienced by a Gentleman, During a State of Mental Derangement, under the title Under That Calamity with Lanternfish Press. 

Archival research for her book project, which interrogates the role of literature in the development of psychiatric diagnoses in nineteenth-century America, has been funded by grants from the American Antiquarian Society, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia, The Library Company, and the Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center. 

  • PhD, English, Emory University
  • MA, English and gender studies, University of Wyoming
Fall Semester 2022
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
PH 13001Health HumanitiesTTH9:30AM10:45AMMI-3051Hayward Campus
PH 13003Health HumanitiesTTH1:15PM2:30PMMI-3107Hayward Campus
PH 13008Health HumanitiesTTH2:45PM4:00PMMI-3107Hayward Campus

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

“‘A Wasted Sympathy’: Undiagnosing Winifred Howells.” J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century American Literature 9.1 (2021): 155-183.

“Masks in Medicine: Metaphors and Morality.” With Gail Geller. Journal of Medical Humanities 42.1 (2021): 103-107.

“Stigma and Functional Neurological Disorder: A Research Agenda Targeting the Clinical Encounter.” With Kate MacDuffie, TammyJo Best, Suzette LaRoche, Bridget Mildon, Lorna Myers, Elizabeth Stafford, and Karen Rommelfanger. CNS Spectrums (2020): 1-6.

“The Arts and Sciences of Reading: Humanities in the Lab.” American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience 7.2 (2016): 85-94 (target article: seven responses).

“Lauren Slater and the Experts: Malingering, Masquerade, and the Disciplinary Control of Diagnosis.” Literature and Medicine 33.1 (2015): 23-51.

Book Chapters

“Isaac Ray and the Case: Narrative, Data, and Early Psychiatric Method.” In Evidence: The Use and Misuse of Data. Philadelphia: Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, anticipated 2022.

“Health Humanities, Illness, and the Body.” In The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body, edited by Travis Foster. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. 

“Using Placebo to Treat Psychogenic Disorders.” w/ Karen Rommelfanger. In Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics, edited by Karen Rommelfanger and Syd Johnson. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Public Scholarship

“The Roots of Apathy.” The New Yorker. April 24, 2017. Letter.

 “‘Her Sex Points to Hysteria’: Diagnostic Narratives in a Student Notebook.” Fugitive Leaves: A Blog from the Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. 2017. Blog post.

Regular contributions to The Neuroethics Blog and Destination Health on ethics, history, and science in culture. 2014-2018.