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Susan J. Pearson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
My first book, The Rights of the Defenseless: Animals, Children, and Sentimental Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century America, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. I have published articles on the history of animal protection laws and the current state of "animal studies." I am also working on some new projects: the history of the concept of cruelty; and the relationship between personhood and language in nineteenth-century America.
|Address:||Department of History
1881 Sheridan Road
Evanston, Illinois 60208
|List Affiliations:||List Editor for H-Animal
|Interests:||American History / Studies
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of History, 2004
M.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of History, 1999
B.A. Oberlin College, Women’s Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, with Highest Honors, 1996
2004-Present, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University
The Rights of the Defenseless: Animals, Children, and Sentimental Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century America (under contract with the University of Chicago Press)
[with Mary Weismantel] “Are Animals Ever More than Symbols? Toward a Theory of Social Life with Animals,” in Animals and History, edited by Dorothee Brantz & Christof Mauch (forthcoming, Rowman & Littlefield)
“The Cow and the Plow: Animal Suffering, Human Guilt and the Crime of Cruelty.” In Toward A Critique of Guilt: Perspectives from Law and the Humanities, Studies in Law, Politics and Society, Volume 36, 77-101.
“Better Baby Contests.” Entry in Encyclopedia of North Carolina History, edited by William Powell. UNC Press (forthcoming).
“Are Animals Ever More than Symbols? Toward a Theory of Social Life with Animals,” Animals in History, University of Cologne, May 19-21, 2005 (joint presentation with Mary Weismantel, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University)
Discussant, “Factories for Turning Out Criminals: Convict Labor, Torture, and the Invisible World of Prison Punishment in New York, 1860-1900,” Labor History Seminar, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2004 (Paper by Timothy Gilfoyle)
“`The Unequivocal Physiognomy of Pain’: Animal Pain and Animal Rights in the Nineteenth-Century Animal Protection Movement,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT, October 16-19, 2003.
“Of Sinners and Moral Idiots: From Christian to Criminological Concepts of Cruelty in the United States,” Departmental Research Colloquium, University of North Carolina, October 1, 2003.
“`The Unequivocal Physiognomy of Pain’: Animal Suffering, Human Guilt and the Crime of Cruelty,” Guilt: A Conference on Law and Humanities, University of New England, June 14, 2003.
“`Something More than Mere Property’: Animal Protection, Anticruelty Laws, and the Problem of Intent,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, June 5-8, 2003.
Panel Organizer, “Rights and Remedies in Animal Law,” Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, June 5-8, 2003
“Making Babies Better: Pediatric Professionalization and the Standardization of Childhood,” Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 23, 2002.
Panel Organizer, “Charting Children: Testing, Standardization, and Normalcy in Measuring America's Youth,” Mid-Atlantic Studies Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 23, 2002.
“Progressive Reform and the Marketing of Childhood,” Border Subjects IV: Growing Up (Post)Modern, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, October 7-8, 1999
GRANTS AND AWARDS
Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of North Carolina, 2003-2004
Future Faculty Fellow, University of North Carolina, Summer 2003
Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council on Library and Information Resources, 2002-2003 (12 Months)
Mellon Foundation Research Fellow, Historical Society of Pennsylvania & Library Company of Philadelphia, 2002 (1 Month)
Mowry Award, Department of History, University of North Carolina, 2002
Clifford Prize for Graduate Research, Department of History, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, 2001.