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- University of Delaware
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- Medical history, disability history, deafness, hearing aids, prosthetics, deaf history, women's health, medical sexism, women's pain, medical trauma, eugenics
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- About Me
Virdi’s research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, science and technology studies, the history of deafness technologies, disability history, and material/visual culture studies. She received a B.A. degree in Philosophy from York University (Toronto) and a M.A. in the History of Science from the University of Toronto. She has a Ph.D. from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto (2014), where she completed her dissertation, “From the Hands of Quacks:” Aural Surgery, Deafness, and the Making of a Specialty in Nineteenth-Century London. She is currently completing her first book, Hearing Happiness: Fakes, Frauds, and Fads in Deafness Cures (University of Chicago Press).
- Recent Publications
“Canada’s Shame: The Coerced Sterilization of Indigenous Women,” New Internationalist (30 November 2018).
“Phyllis M. Tookey Kerridge and the Science of Audiometric Standardization in Britain,” co-authored with Coreen McGuire, British Journal for the History of Science (March 2018).
“Prevention & Conservation: Historicizing the Stigma of Hearing Loss, 1910-1940,” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 45.4 (2017): 531-544.
“Between Cure and Prosthetic: ‘Good Fit’ in Artificial Eardrums,” in Claire L. Jones (Ed.), Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939 (Manchester University Press), 48-69.
- Media Coverage
- Featured in Elle India (August 2014) for special issue on STEM women; interviewed in several outlets, including the Huffington Post (8 April 2014) for work on 19th century Indian women doctors, and in student newspapers (University of Delaware, Ryerson Un
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- United States
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- England, United States
- Expertise by Chronology
- 19th century, 20th century, 21st century
- Expertise by Topic
- Capitalism, Disability, Gender, Material Culture, Medicine, Science, Technology, Women