Caroline Lieffers

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PhD Candidate
Research Areas: 
History of medicine and disability


University of Alberta, B.A.; University of Alberta, M.A.
Caroline Lieffers graduated with a BA (Gold Medal) in English and Linguistics at the University of Alberta in 2008, followed by an MA in History in 2010. Before starting her doctorate at Yale, Caroline interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and worked in reference and collections at the Provincial Archives of Alberta and the University of Alberta Libraries. Caroline’s research interests include the histories of food and nutrition, disability, and travel in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain and North America. She has published articles in such venues as the Journal of Social History, Women’s History Review, and the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (forthcoming) and curated several major exhibits on the history of food and health. She has also presented at numerous conferences and has been an invited speaker at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Material Culture Institute (Edmonton). Caroline’s doctoral research, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Government of Alberta, and Yale University, will examine the role of disability and health in nineteenth-century American nation-building. Her full CV is available on her website at