Lindsey Grubbs, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

Lindsey  Grubbs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Public Health

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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: Neuroscience, and the Routledge Handbook of Neuroethics, and is forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to United States Literature and the Body. 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 2021
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
HSC 13001Health HumanitiesTTH1:15PM2:30PMSC-N320Hayward Campus
HSC 35503BioethicsTTH9:30AM10:45AMSC-N320Hayward Campus
HSC 35504BioethicsTTH11:00AM12:15PMSC-N320Hayward Campus

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

“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

“Health Humanities, Illness, and the Body.” In The Cambridge Companion to American Literature and the Body, edited by Travis Foster. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, anticipated 2021. 

“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.