Elizabeth Lunbeck

Portrait of Elizabeth Lunbeck
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Elizabeth Lunbeck is a professor in the history of science department at Harvard University. A specialist in the history of the human sciences, in particular of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, and the history of gender, she is the author or editor of seven books, including The Psychiatric Persuasion: Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America (1994), which was awarded the John Hope Franklin Publication Prize by the American Studies Association, and The Americanization of Narcissism (2014), which won a book prize from the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is also a coeditor with Lorraine Daston of Histories of Scientific Observation (2011). Lunbeck's current writing and teaching focus on the history of the psychotherapies, on the psychological sciences in the literature of leadership, and on the conceptualizations and classifications of disorders of personality in psychology, psychiatry, and U.S. culture.

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