Debbie Weinstein Assistant Professor of American Studies

Debbie Weinstein is a historian of science and medicine in modern America.  Her research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, psychiatry, and the human sciences; gender and sexuality studies; history of the body and biopolitics; and visual culture studies. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University. Her book, The Pathological Family: Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy, was published by Cornell UP in 2013.  She served as director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and associate director of the Pembroke Center at Brown prior to joining the department of American Studies.    

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

"Foreword," A Girl's Childhood: Psychological Development, Social Change, and The Yale Child Study Center, edited by Linda C. Mayes and Stephen Lassonde (Yale University Press, 2014).

The Pathological Family: Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy (Cornell University Press, 2013).

"Culture at Work: Family Therapy and the Culture Concept in Post-World War II America," Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 40 (Winter 2004): 23-46.

research statement

Her current book project examines the history of twentieth-century American thought on human nature and the causes of war.

funded research

Salomon Faculty Research Award, Brown University, 2016

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in History of Medicine, Brandeis University, 2004-06

Nancy L. Buc Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pembroke Center, Brown University, 2002-03

Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship, 2001-02

Mrs. Giles Whiting Dissertation Fellowship, 2000-01

Henry A. Murray Dissertation Award, Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College, 1999

Harvard Graduate Society Summer Fellowship, 1998

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1995-99

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies (declined), 1995