Emer Lucey

Lecturer: History of Science 250 – Disability, Medicine, and the Body in American History


Advisor: Richard C. Keller
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Office: 1143 Medical Sciences Center
Office Hours: Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm (Online via Blackboard Collaborate and email)

Emer Lucey


I am interested in the history of American medicine, the body, disability, and global health. My dissertation looks at the history of childhood developmental disability in the United States, analyzing the role of parent memoirs in the construction of autism and Down syndrome in the twentieth century using oral history, archival sources, and popular media.


M.A., History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
B.A., Heath and Society major, Bioethics concentration, Hispanic Studies minor, University of Pennsylvania, 2011


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

MA Title

  • The Changeling: Beauty in the Formation of Autism.

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Constructing Childhood Disabilities: Autism and Down Syndrome in America”


  • NSF Travel Grant, 2018
  • University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012-2013, 2016-2017, 2018
  • Letters and Science Teaching Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
  • Student Research Grants Competition Travel Award, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017
  • Third place, Best Paper, Health History in Action Conference, 2015
  • Travel Grant, American Association for the History of Medicine, 2015

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • History of Science Society

Courses Taught as TA

  • HistSci 212 – Bodies, Diseases, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • MHB 213 – Global Environmental Health
  • MHB 553 – International Health and Global Society

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • MHB 213 – Global Environmental Health