Skip to Main Content
Sign In
Visit Apply Give
Toggle Navigation

Open the Navigation Management window, which can be used to view the full current branch of the menu tree, and edit it.

  • Department of History Facebook
  • Department of History Twitter

Personnel Faculty

Image Picker for Section 0

 For Google



University of Delaware122 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



Page Settings and MetaData:
(Not Shown on the Page)
Page Settings
MetaData for Search Engine Optimization
University of Delaware
<a target="_blank" href="/Lists/Bios/AllItems.aspx" class="ms-promotedActionButton"> <span style="font-size:16px;margin-right:5px;position:relative;top:2px;" class="fa fa-pencil-square-o"></span><span class="ms-promotedActionButton-text">EDIT LIST</span> </a> <a target="_blank" href="/cas-it/utility/ir-bio" class="ms-promotedActionButton"> <span style="font-size:16px;margin-right:5px;position:relative;top:2px;" class="fa fa-crop"></span><span class="ms-promotedActionButton-text">CROP IMAGES</span> </a> <a target="_blank" href="/Images%20Bios/Forms/Thumbnails.aspx" class="ms-promotedActionButton"> <span style="font-size:16px;margin-right:5px;position:relative;top:2px;" class="fa fa-camera"></span><span class="ms-promotedActionButton-text">UPLOAD IMAGES</span> </a> <a target="_blank" href="/Documents Bios CVs/Forms/AllItems.aspx" class="ms-promotedActionButton"> <span style="font-size:16px;margin-right:5px;position:relative;top:2px;" class="fa fa-file-text"></span><span class="ms-promotedActionButton-text">UPLOAD CV'S</span> </a> WebPartEditorsOnly hideHeader CSWPGoogleFix
  • Department of History
  • 46 W. Delaware Avenue
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2371