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122 John Munroe HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass9329CCAFD0CF450B9D02E5E733D1DCE2"><p> </p><p>Jaipreet Virdi is a historian of medicine, technology, and disability. Her research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, the history of science, disability history, disability technologies, and material/visual culture studies. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto (2014).</p><p>Dr. Virdi’s first book, <a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=""><strong><em>Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History</em></strong></a><em> </em>(University of Chicago Press, 2020), rethinks how therapeutic negotiation and the influence of pseudo-medicine shaped what it meant to be a "normal" deaf citizen in American history. Examining how deaf/deafened individuals attempted to amplify their hearing through various types of surgical, proprietary, and/or technological "deafness cures," the book charts the dissemination of ideas about hearing loss from beyond medical elites to popular culture and the popular imagination.</p><p>She is also working on three other projects. <em>Objects of Disability </em>is an online resource database of historical artefacts used by, and/or crafted by, Canadians with disabilities, with the site scheduled to launch late 2020. Her second book project, <em>From Prevention to Conservation: American Research on Hearing Impairment, 1910-1960</em> focuses on the network of specialists and services that aimed to improve the hearing of American citizens. By analyzing how various factions aimed to normalize hearing impairment through military rehabilitation efforts, social organizations, and advanced otological techniques, this project historicizes how deafness became construed as an urgent public health matter. Additionally, Dr. Virdi is collaborating with <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Coreen McGuire</strong></a> tracing the historical roots of scientific research on disabilities—such as deafness and breathlessness—in Britain and the role of women scientists. This project<em>, </em>tentatively titled <em>Phyllis M. Tookey Kerridge and the Science of Disability in Interwar Britain </em>especially focuses on how scientific instruments were used by women to demonstrate the value of their research against criticism and assert control over disabled bodies. </p><p> </p><p>Dr. Virdi serves as Contributing Editor of the journal<a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em> Pharmacy in History</em></strong></a><em>,</em> Associate Editor of the <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Historical Journal of the Natural Sciences</em></strong></a>, and co-Editor of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em>Communiqué</em></strong></a><em>, </em>the newsletter of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science<em>.</em> She is also Managing Editor of the Disability History Association’s blog,<a href="" target="_blank"><strong><em> All of Us</em></strong></a><em>.</em></p><p> </p></div><div class="ExternalClass52CC49B676014343B14C2F3F48230A9D"><p></p><h4>Books:</h4><ul><li><h3><em>Hearing Happiness Deafness Cures in History</em>, University of Chicago Press, 2020.</h3></li></ul><h4>Edited Volumes:</h4><ul><li><h3><em>Disability and the Victorians Attitudes, Interventions, Legacies.</em> Edited by Iain Hutchison, Martin Atherton and Jaipreet Virdi. Manchester University Press, 2020.<br></h3><h3> </h3></li></ul><h3>Articles and Book Chapters:</h3><ul><li>"Finger Surgery for Deafness: Rethinking Quackery in Medical History," <em>Canadian Medical Association Journal </em>191.7 (February 2019): 192-4.</li><li>"<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Canada's Shame: The Coerced Sterilization of Indigenous Women</strong></a>," <em>New Internationalist </em>(30 November 2018).</li><li>"Phyllis M. Tookey Kerridge and the Science of Audiometric Standardization in Britain, co-authored with Coreen McGuire, <em>British Journal for the History of Science</em> 51.1 (March 2018): 123-146.</li><li>"Prevention & Conservation: Historicizing the Stigma of Hearing Loss, 1910-1940," <em>Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics </em>45.4 (2017): 531-544.</li><li>"Between Cure and Prosthetic: 'Good Fit' in Artificial Eardrums," in Claire L. Jones (Ed.), <em>Rethinking Modern Prostheses in Anglo-American Commodity Cultures, 1820-1939</em> (Manchester University Press), 48-69.</li><li>"<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>The Hearing Aid's Pursuit of Invisibility</strong></a>," <em>The Atlantic </em>(August 4, 2016).</li><li>"Dialogues on Disability: Social Media as Platforms for Scholarship," <em>Medical History </em>58.4 (2014): 628-630.</li><li>"Priority, Piracy, and Printed Directions: James Yearsley's Patenting of the Artificial Tympanum<em>," Technology & Innovation: Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors </em>16.2 (2014): 145-154.</li><li>"Curtis's Cephaloscope: Deafness and the Making of Surgical Authority in London, 1815-1845," <em>Bulletin of the History of Medicine </em>87.3 (2013): 349-379.</li><li>"'Not to become a breeding ground for medical experimentation:' Examining the Tensions between Aurists and Educators for the Deaf, 1815-1830," <em>British Deaf History Society Journal </em>15.4 (2013): 8-13.</li></ul><p></p></div><div class="ExternalClass5911389F2DCD453D9CF96135C26C150E"><p>​<a href="/Documents%20Bios%20CVs/faculty/syllabus/virdi/Virdi_HIST%20268_Disability%20in%20American%20Experience_Spring%2020.pdf" target="_blank">HIST268: Disability in American Experience</a></p><p><a href="/Documents%20Bios%20CVs/faculty/syllabus/virdi/Virdi_HIST%20337%20Health%20Activism_Spring2020.pdf" target="_blank">HIST 337: Healthy Bodies: Citizenship, Medicine and Social Activism</a></p><p><a href="/Documents%20Bios%20CVs/faculty/syllabus/virdi/Disability_Histories_Virdi_Fall2020UDel.pdf" target="_blank">HIST467/667: Disability Histories</a></p></div>PublicationsMy Coursesjvirdi@udel.edu, Jaipreet<img alt="Professor Jaipreet Virdi" src="/Images%20Bios/faculty/Jaipreet_Virdi.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant Professor 2pm - 3pm: Text Only; W 2pm - 3pm; Zoom



Disability and the Victorians Attitudes, interventions, legaciesVirdi, JaipreetIain Hutchison and Martin AthertonManchester University Press2020<p>​Disability and the Victorians brings together in one collection a range of topics, perspectives and experiences from the Victorian era that present a unique overview of the development and impact of attitudes and interventions towards those with impairments during this time. The collection also considers how the legacies of these actions can be seen to have continued throughout the twentieth century right up to the present day. Subjects addressed include deafness, blindness, language delay, substance dependency, imperialism and the representation of disabled characters in popular fiction. These varied topics illustrate how common themes can be found in how Victorian philanthropists and administrators responded to those under their care. Often character, morality and the chance to be restored to productivity and usefulness overrode medical need and this both influenced and reflected wider societal views of impairment and inability.</p>
Hearing Happiness Deafness Cures in HistoryVirdi, JaipreetUniversity of Chicago Press2020<p>​At the age of four, Jaipreet Virdi’s world went silent. A severe case of meningitis left her alive but deaf, suddenly treated differently by everyone. Her deafness downplayed by society and doctors, she struggled to “pass” as hearing for most of her life. Countless cures, treatments, and technologies led to dead ends. Never quite deaf enough for the Deaf community or quite hearing enough for the “normal” majority, Virdi was stuck in aural limbo for years. It wasn’t until her thirties, exasperated by problems with new digital hearing aids, that she began to actively assert her deafness and reexamine society’s—and her own—perception of life as a deaf person in America.   </p><p>Through lyrical history and personal memoir, <em>Hearing Happiness </em>raises pivotal questions about deafness in American society and the endless quest for a cure. Taking us from the 1860s up to the present, Virdi combs archives and museums in order to understand the long history of curious cures: ear trumpets, violet ray apparatuses, vibrating massagers, electrotherapy machines, airplane diving, bloodletting, skull hammering, and many more. Hundreds of procedures and products have promised grand miracles but always failed to deliver a universal cure—a harmful legacy that is still present in contemporary biomedicine. <br></p><p>Weaving Virdi’s own experiences together with her exploration into the fascinating history of deafness cures, <em>Hearing Happiness </em>is a powerful story that America needs to hear.</p>

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