John Carson is a member of the Department of History of the University of
Michigan and Associate Director of the Program in Science, Technology,
and Society. His research interests focus on the history of the human
sciences and U.S. intellectual/cultural history. Publications include
"Minding Matter/Mattering Mind: Knowledge and the Subject in
Nineteenth-Century Psychology," Studies in the History and Philosophy of
the Biological and Biomedical Sciences 30(1999): 345-376 and "Army
Alpha, Army Brass, and the Search for Army Intelligence," Isis 84(1993):
278-309. He is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively
entitled Making Intelligence Matter: Cultural Constructions of Human
Marcia C. Inhorn is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (School of Public Health), International Institute, and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. A medical anthropologist with additional training in epidemiology, Dr. Inhorn's primary research interests are in the areas of gender and health in the Middle East. Her major research project examines the plight of infertile women and men in urban Egypt. She has written two books on this subject, Quest for Conception: Gender, Infertility, and Egyptian Medical Traditions (1994) and Infertility and Patriarchy: The Politics of Gender and Family Life in Egypt (1996), both published by University of Pennsylvania Press. Quest for Conception won the Society for Medical Anthropology's Eileen Basker Prize for outstanding research in the area of gender and health, and was a runner-up for the Wellcome Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Currently, Dr. Inhorn is completing a book titled Egyptian Mothers of Test-tube Babies: Gender, Islam, and the Globalization of New Reproductive Technologies, which examines the global spread of new reproductive technologies to the Middle East. She is also coeditor, with Frank van Balen, of a forthcoming anthology on Infertility Around the Globe: New Thinking on Childlessness, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies (University of California Press, 2001).
In the 2002-2003 academic year, Dr. Inhorn plans to undertake research on "Middle Eastern Masculinities in the Age of New Reproductive Technologies," comparing infertile men's experiences in Damascus, Syria; Cairo, Egypt; and "Arab Detroit."
Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Program in Culture, Health,
and Medicine. Dr Metzl is a joint-appointed Assistant Professor in Psychiatry
and Women's Studies at UM. His reseach interests explore the interactions
between psychiatry, gender, and culture.
Dr. Metzl is a nationally known expert on gender representations in
antidepressant advertisements; his current project examines the impact of these
advertisements on doctor-patient interactions. In addition, he is completing
work on a history of psychotropic medications from 1950-2001, as told through
medical literature as well as American popular culture. Dr. Metzl also teaches
courses at the undergraduate and graduate level, including "Men's Health," the
"Cultural Histories of Depression," and "Medicine and Literature."
Mary Piontek is the Evaluation Researcher at the Center for Research on
Learning and Teaching (CRLT) and is serving as the evaluation consultant
for the Program in Culture, Health, and Medicine. She holds a B.A. and
M.A. in English Literature and a Ph.D. in Measurement, Research, and
Evaluation. She has considerable experience doing evaluation in
educational settings and has consulted with foundations, public schools and
districts, institutions of higher education, and organizations on program
evaluation and educational research issues. At CRLT, Dr. Piontek works
with UM faculty, departments, and colleges/units/schools that need
assistance assessing the effectiveness of initiatives to improve teaching
and learning. Her publications include co-author of Evaluation Strategies
for Communicating and Reporting: Enhancing Learning in Organizations (Sage,
Stephen Rachman is Associate Professor of English and Director of the American
Studies Program at Michigan State University. He is the author of the
forthcoming study "Cultural Pathology: Disease and Literature in Nineteenth
Century America" and the co-editor of The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe (Johns Hopkins 1995). He has written many articles on literature and medicine and is completing a study of nineteenth century British physician, John Snow.
Sidonie Smith is Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her books include Moving Lives: Twentieth Century Women's Travel Narratives (University of Minnesota Press 2001); Subjectivity, Identity, and the Body: Women's Autobiographical Practices in the Twentieth Century (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993); A Poetics of Women's Autobiography: Marginality and the Fictions of Self-Representation (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987); Where I'm Bound: Patterns of Slavery and Freedom in Black American Autobiography (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1974).
Most recently, she co-edited The Olympics at the Millenium: Power, Politics, and the Games (with Kay Schaffer, Rutgers University Press 2000); Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader (with Julia Watson, University of Wisconsin Press, 1998); Writing New Identities: Gender, Nation, and Immigration in Contemporary Europe (with Gisela Brinker-Gabler, University of Minnesota Press, 1997); Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography (with Julia Watson, University of Minnesota Press, 1996).
Silke-Maria Weineck (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania) is interested in
the constellation of aesthetics, philosophy, literature, and life
sciences. She currently teaches German and Comparative Literature at the
University of Michigan. Before she came to Michigan, she worked as a
Senior Researcher in the Center for Bioethics at the University of
Pennsylvania. Her first book, The Abyss Above: The Philosophy of Poetic
Madness in Plato, Hölderlin, and Nietzsche is forthcoming with SUNY Press in 2002. She has published articles on Plato, Celan, Nietzsche, Hölderlin, Shelley, Büchner, and decadence. Her current work in progress, tentatively entitled The Laius Syndrome: Essays in Paternity, concerns the interplay of biology, ideology, and aesthetics in concepts of fatherhood, especially but not only during the European fin-de-siecle. At the University of Michigan, she has organized a series of 20 lectures
concerning "The Body and Its Disciplines"; she teaches Literature for
Psychologists within the Seeing the Body Elsewise program.