Elisabeth Yang

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Yang received her Ph.D. in Childhood Studies, an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she draws from the history and philosophy of science and medicine, sociology, theology, childhood studies, and material culture. Her research examines the cultural, social, and philosophical constructions of “moral” babies and babyhood in American medical and scientific discourses in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Yang’s current book project, Constructing Moral Babies: The Medical, Scientific, and Pedagogical Enterprises of Infancy in Victorian America, interrogates the discourses on infancy and the notions of agency, personhood, and subjectivity as understood by philosophers, pedagogues, physicians, theologians, and scientists in America during the long nineteenth century. Working at the interface of humanities and medicine/science, Dr. Yang’s research interests include the history of pediatrics and developmental psychology, history and philosophy of childhood, moral philosophy, science and religion, critical realism, social epistemology, Catholic social thought, Jansenism, and material culture.