Debbie Weinstein Assistant Professor of American Studies

Debbie Weinstein's work concerns the production of knowledge about family, health, and human nature in modern America.  Her research and teaching interests include the history of medicine 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.  Her current book project examines the history of twentieth-century American thought on human nature and the causes of war.   

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.

funded research

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in History of Medicine, Brandeis University (2004-06)
Nancy L. Buc Postdoctoral Fellow, 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)
Harvard Graduate Society Summer Fellowship (1998)
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1995-99)
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Studies (Honorary) (1995)