2019. “Why be normal?” Hopkins Seminar, Department of History, Johns Hopkins University. October 7. Baltimore, MD.
2019. Ludy T. Benjamin Jr. Distinguished Lecture. Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, University of Akron. May 16. Akron, OH.
2019. “Race and erasure: Racialized medicine from LSD to 23andMe.” STeM Distinguished Lecture. Department of History, University of Michigan. April 8. Ann Arbor, MI.
“The normal body in theory and practice,” Binghamton University. April 12. Binghamton, NY.
2019. “Incarceration as a history of labor,” STS Colloquium Series, Brown University. February 7. Providence, RI.
2018. “Censors or trustees? Academic research & the politics of refusal,” President’s Panel on Academic Freedom, American Sociological Association annual meeting. August 11. Philadelphia, PA.
2018. “Scientists as regulators,” Medicine, Science, & New Regimes of Accountability workshop. Descartes Centre, Utrecht University. June 22. Utrecht, Netherlands.
2018. “Building a market for human subjects: Total institutions, alternate worlds & the space of the NIH research hospital, 1950-1980.” Maastricht University. June 21. Maastricht, Netherlands.
2018. “The death of Frantz Fanon: Science, citizenship, and methods of history.” Histories of Knowledge workshop. University of Chicago. April 20. Chicago, IL.
2017. “The view from somewhere: The productive contradictions of ‘context’ in late modern science.” Cultural History Research Group and Descartes Centre, Utrecht University. Dec 1. Utrecht, Netherlands.
2017. “The paradox of ‘risk’ in the social sciences: A history.” Center for Health, Law and Ethics, Haifa University. December 6. Haifa, Israel.
2017. “Working definitions: How the US NIH read political economy into the normal human body.” Wellcome Trust (UK) workshop on “Bioscience and the Politics of the Human.” June 9. London, UK.
2016. “Knowing the Minds of Others: A Reassessment of Postwar Research Methods in the Social Sciences.” Centre for the Philosophy of Natural and Social Science, London School of Economics. December 2. London, UK.
2016. Annual Hudson Lecture, “Witnessing Medicine: The People and Policies that Created the Postwar Market for ‘Human Subjects.’” Department of the History and Philosophy of Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center. May 5. Kansas City, KS.
2016. Annual Bodemer Lecture, “Why Go First? The Past and Future of Research with Humans.” Department of Bioethics, University of Washington Medical School. May 3. Seattle, WA.
2016. “How to Make a Classic: Henry K. Beecher at 50,” Plenary Session, Annual Meeting of American Association for the History of Medicine. May 1. Minneapolis, MN.
2016. “Who is ‘Vulnerable’? Clinical Research after the Common Rule.” Cleveland Clinic, Medical Humanities Program. March 31. Cleveland, OH.
2016. The Past and Future of Human Research Regulation: Principles, Procedures, and the Changing Nature of Truth.” Mandel Honors College, Cleveland State University. March 30. Cleveland, OH.“Educating the Student Body: What Biomedicine Learned from the Liberal Arts.” Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University. March 21. Murfreesboro, TN.
2016. “What are ‘Total Institutions’? Creating a Global Market for Human Subjects in the Age of Henry K. Beecher.” Yale University Medical School. February 29. New Haven, CT.
2015. “Human Subjects,” Federal Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Changes to the Common Rule. November 5. Evanston, IL.
“The Normals: A Shadow History of Human Experiment,” Max Planck Institute for Human Development. June 16. Berlin, Germany.
“Life and Labor of Medical Subjects: Marx, Weber, and the Vision of Bureaucracy,” at Invisible Technicians workshop, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. June 11. Berlin, Germany.
“Contracting Health: A Shadow History of Human Experiment, 1950-1980,” Max Planck Institutes for the History of Science. May 20. Berlin, Germany.
“Welfare, Work, and Witness: Why Clinical Research Can Survive the Death of a Healthy Human Subject,” University of Houston, Program in Ethics in Science. April 3. Houston, TX.
“What are ‘Local Precedents’? Findings from Behind Closed Doors,” Public Responsibility in Research & Medicine, AER Convention. December 6. Baltimore, MD.
“Rethinking Exploitation in the History of Clinical Research,” University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Medical History and Bioethics. March 15. Madison, WI.
“Exploitation, Memory, and Sociological Approaches to the Medical Past,” Georgetown University, Department of Sociology. January 16. Washington, DC.
“Managing Local Precedents,” National Academy of Science Workshop on Revisions to the Common Rule. March 22. Washington, DC.
“Declarative Bodies and the Making of a Postwar Medical Morality: The Case of Research Ethics Committees.” Department of Social Studies of Medicine, School of Medicine, McGill University. March 13. Montréal, Quebec (Canada).
“Migrants or Commodities? The National Institutes of Health’s Healthy ‘Human subjects’ and the Vernacular History of Postwar America.” Department of History, University of California at Los Angeles. January 14. Los Angeles, CA.
“Meet the Author – Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research.” Meeting of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research (PRIM&R). December 5. San Diego, CA.
“Creeping with the Enemy” in presidential session “Compliance in Practice: Creative Engagements with Regulatory Ethics Regimes” at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. November 15. San Francisco, CA.
“A Practical Guide to Research Ethics.” Annual Seminar on the Protection of Human Subject Research Participants. School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago. October 18. Chicago, IL.
- “The Language of Trust: Monolingualism, Inequality, and Vernacular Cultures of Regulation.” Department of Sociology, Northwestern University. October 18. Evanston, IL.
- “Discretion and its Discontents: ‘Local Precedents’ and the Future of Human Subjects Research.” Petri-Flom Center, Harvard Law School. “The Future of Human Subjects Research” workshop. June 1. Cambridge, MA.
- “Declarative Groups Making the Scientific World in Postwar America.” Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. April 4. Troy, NY.
- “Declarative Bodies: Overseeing Science in the Liberal Hour and the Case of Human-subjects Regulation.” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. “Regulating Research” workshop. March 17. Berlin, Germany.
- “The Life of the Clinic.” Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University. “When the Subject Speaks” workshop. December 9. Middletown, CT.
- “Discussion of Behind Closed Doors.” PRIM&R Meet the Authors session. December 4. National Harbor, MD.
- “Valuing Volunteers: The Ethics of Compensation in Postwar American Psychology Research.” History of Economics as History of Science workshop. June 24-25. Cachan, France.
- “Reclaiming Empirical Ethics.” Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. “Research Ethics: A Question of Method?” workshop. May 6. Cambridge, MA.
- “Group Consideration: The Making of Ethical Research in Postwar American Medicine.” Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. March 25. Nashville, TN.
- “The Immortal Life of American Health Inequalities.” One Book, One Town Program. The Trumbull (CT) Library System. March 22. Trumbull, CT.
- “The Medicinal Use of College Students in an Over-the-counter Culture.” Program in History of Science, Princeton University. “Groovy Science” contributors’ workshop. February 5. Princeton, NJ.
- “Charting Evidence: Patient Records and the Making of Ethical Research at NIH circa 1960.” Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania. October 25. Philadelphia, PA.
- “Open Deliberations in Restricted Settings: Rethinking the Legacy of the First Gene-transfer-trial Death for Ethics Review Boards.” Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics, University of Cardiff. July 6. Cardiff, UK.
- “Citizen Subjects.” Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, University of Chicago. MPI Conference: Human Subjects, Human Sciences. April 2-3. Chicago, IL.
- “Saying is Believing.” Maryland Colloquium for the History of Technology, Science, and the Environment. Department of History, University of Maryland. May 6. College Park, MD.
- “On Being Normal in Abnormal Places.” Science & Technology Studies Circle Seminar Series, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. March 22. Cambridge, MA.
2008. “Reading Trust Between the Lines: Results from an Ethnography of Three IRBs.” Annual meeting of Public Responsibility in Medicine & Research. November 17. Orlando, FL. 2008. “Everyone’s an Expert? IRBs and Warrants for Expertise in Modern State Administration.” Department of Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute. November 15. Blacksburg, VA.
- “IRBs in Myth and Practice.” Bi-annual meeting of CIC Committee for IRB Administrators. September 29. Chicago, IL.
- “Talking Ethics Inside the Iron Cage.” Program in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Northwestern University Medical School. November 28. Chicago, IL.
- “Becoming Human Subjects.” Papering Ethics, Documenting Consent: The New Bureaucracies of Virtue workshop. School of Law, Cornell University. October 28. Ithaca, NY.
- “Experience and Expertise in IRB Decisionmaking.” Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University. April 25. New Brunswick, NJ.
- “Making Science Moral: The Institutionalization of American Human Subjects Committees, 1953-1974.” Institute for the Study of Genetics, Biorisk, and Society, University of Nottingham. March 9. Nottingham, UK.
- “Creating American Human Subjects Regulations: Biomedical or Experimental Model?” Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University. February 15. New Brunswick, NJ.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
- “Moral Kinds.” Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society. November 7. Chicago, IL.
- “What Are Declarative Bodies?” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 19. San Francisco, CA.
- “The Death of Frantz Fanon: Reimagining the ‘Human Subject’ for a Global History of Medicine.” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine. May 10. Chicago, IL.
- “Making up People: Comparing 1950s LSD Experiments at Two NIH Laboratories” (co-authored with Nancy Campbell). Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society. November 23. Boston, MA.
- “Contaminants in Medicine: Science, Ethics, and Prisoner Volunteers at NIH in Historical Imagination” (co-authored with Nancy Campbell). Bi-Annual Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. July 11. Montpellier, France.
- “Creeping with the Enemy? Reimagining Human-subjects Review with ‘Nonce Bureaucrats’.” President’s Session – Compliance in Practice: Creative Engagements with Regulatory Ethics Regimes. Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. November 15. San Francisco, CA.
- “Knowing the Normals: The NIH’s Normal Volunteer Patient Program and the Experience of Postwar America.” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine. April 28. Baltimore, MD.
- “What did Money Mean? Monetary Exchanges in Postwar Research with Human Subjects” (co-authored with Jill Morawski). Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society. November 4. Cleveland, OH.
- “The ‘Healthy Patient’ Paradox: The Legacy of NIH Normal Control Subjects in
American Ethics.” Stetten Symposium on History in the NIH. June 15. Bethesda, MD.
- “Warranting Expertise.” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science. October 30. Washington, DC.
- “Can Scandals Cause Regulatory Change? Legal Consciousness and the Creation of the ‘Human Subject’ in the Long 1960s.” Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. May 27. Chicago, IL.
- “From Captive Populations to Citizen Volunteers.” Annual Meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine. May 2. Rochester, MN.
- “The Board and the Ward.” Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society. November 20. Phoenix, AZ.
- “The Trouble with ‘Normal’ People: Informed Consent, Group Review, and Ways of Making Decisions at the National Institutes of Health.” Annual Meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. June 25-28. State College, PA.
- “Ethics at ‘The Ideal Hospital of the Future’: How the NIH Clinical Center Changed American Research Ethics.” Stetten Symposium on History in the NIH. June 16. Bethesda, MD.
- “Observing and Deceiving: The Science and Ethics of Research Methods, 1966-1973.” Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society. November 2-5. Vancouver, BC, Canada.
- “Experience and Expertise in IRB Decision Making.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 11-14. Montréal, QC, Canada.
- “Negotiating the Ethics of Deception: Methods, Morality, and Human Subjects in American Psychology, 1966-1973.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 13-16. Philadelphia, PA.
- “The Ethics of Deception in American Psychology.” Annual Meeting of Cheiron: The International Society for the History of Behavioral and Social Sciences. June 23-26. Berkeley, CA.
- “Introductory Remarks: A Brief History of IRBs and their Study.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. March 17-20. Washington, DC.
- “Biomedical or Experimental Model? Framing the Federal Human Subjects Regulations.” Sociology of Bioethics Mini-Conference. March 18-19. Washington, DC.
- “Practicing Morality: Psychological Research Practices and the Rise of Human Subjects Regulations in Postwar America.” Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society. November 18-21. Austin, TX.
- “Practicing Morality: Psychological Research Practices and the Rise of Human Subjects Regulation in Postwar America.” US Department of Health and Human Services, ORI, Research on Research Integrity Conference. November 12-14. San Diego, CA.
2004. “Methods as Morality: American Psychology and the Rise of Human Subjects Regulations.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. August 14-17. San Francisco, CA.