Lisa Herschbach is an assistant professor and director of the Masters Program in the History of Technology, Environment and Medicine in the Federated Department of History at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University. Herschbach, a historian of American medicine and technology, focuses on the relationship between culture, disease, and disability, especially in military and colonial contexts.
During her fellowship year, Herschbach will complete the book Embodied Memory: Medicine and the American Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2001). The work employs medical texts and artifacts as a means to gain new perspectives on this singularly familiar conflict. It examines the means by which Northern visions of societal crisis organized around the problem of the wounded soldier and his rehabilitation, and how American medicine, in turn, sought in disabled minds and bodies the opportunity to articulate professional and nationalistic ideals.
Herschbach received her PhD in the history of science from Harvard University. She has lectured on the history of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine and a Whiting Fellow in the Humanities at Harvard University.