Laurel Waycott, PhD, MA

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences
SchoolSchool of Medicine
vCardDownload vCard

    Collapse Biography 
    Collapse Education and Training
    Yale University, New Haven, CTPhD05/2019History, Program in the History of Science and Medicine
    Bard Graduate Center, New York, NYMA05/2008History of Decorative Arts, Design, and Material Culture
    University of California, Santa Cruz, CABA06/2005History of Art and Visual Culture
    University of California, San Francisco, CA01/2021Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

    Collapse Overview 
    Collapse Overview
    Laurel Waycott studies the shared histories of science, medicine, and art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her current project, The Pattern Seekers, is a history of the concept of pattern recognition. Originating in the world of craft and design, the notion of “pattern” was widely adopted by scientists at the beginning of the twentieth century. By examining the history of design alongside the history of science, this project demonstrates how culturally specific notions of beauty shaped the construction of knowledge in the life and human sciences. In addition, she has several ongoing research projects that interrogate the role of non-human organisms in scientific and cultural history, including the history of fancy goldfish breeding in Gilded Age America, and the centuries-long Western fascination with the elusive chambered nautilus.

    Laurel has taught widely in the histories of science, medicine and art. As an educator, she has particular interest in providing students in the sciences with interpretive tools from history and science and technology studies (STS), and has led workshops that invited STEM graduate students to reflect on their own experience through the lens of STS.

    Laurel completed her PhD in history of science and medicine at Yale University in 2019. In 2019–2020, she was a Mellon Assistant Professor in Communication of Science and Technology at Vanderbilt University. She also has a B.A. in the history of art and visual culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and received an M.A. in the history of decorative arts, design and culture from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Her work has been funded by the American Philosophical Society, the Huntington Library, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Before getting her PhD, Laurel worked in exhibition planning at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and as an art historian with the Art Loss Register in New York.
    Collapse Websites

    Collapse Bibliographic 
    Collapse Publications
    Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Researchers can login to make corrections and additions, or contact us for help. to make corrections and additions.
    Newest   |   Oldest   |   Most Cited   |   Most Discussed   |   Timeline   |   Field Summary   |   Plain Text
    Altmetrics Details PMC Citations indicate the number of times the publication was cited by articles in PubMed Central, and the Altmetric score represents citations in news articles and social media. (Note that publications are often cited in additional ways that are not shown here.) Fields are based on how the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classifies the publication's journal and might not represent the specific topic of the publication. Translation tags are based on the publication type and the MeSH terms NLM assigns to the publication. Some publications (especially newer ones and publications not in PubMed) might not yet be assigned Field or Translation tags.) Click a Field or Translation tag to filter the publications.
    1. Reflective Creatures: Goldfish, Affluence, and Affect in Gilded Age New York. Winterthur Portfolio. 2020; 54(2/3):149-183. Laurel J. Waycott. . View Publication.