I am an historian of medicine and disability. I teach and research at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science, where I am a tenured faculty member.

Currently, I am nearing completion of my next book, Slouch: Fearing the Disabled Body. The project considers how poor posture became a dreaded pathology in the early twentieth century, resulting in a widespread anti-slouching campaign. We can still see remnants of this effort in our everyday lives today--in our work chairs, in our Pilates classes, and in the stigmatization of those who deviate from accepted anatomical norms.

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