Emily Seger


Fields: U.S. l History of Medicine l Disability Studies

Advisor: Michael Rembis

BA History, University of Pittsburgh

Broadly, I am curious about the intersection between institutional power and the medicalization of deviance. Currently, I am interested in how the concept of “feeblemindedness” was used in asylums, training schools, and other institutions in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. For my research, I hope to examine how a transatlantic network of physicians developed protocols for pediatric care of the “feebleminded,” often times paying more attention to advancing religious and moral procedures than to providing therapeutic intervention.

When I’m not reading, I enjoy cheering for the 2018 World Champion Philadelphia Eagles!