We’re excited to introduce and welcome Laura Stark to our blogging community as a regular contributor.
Laura is assistant professor at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and assistant editor of the journal History & Theory. She is author of Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research (2012), and other works on medicine, morality, and the modern state over the past century. Her current research explores the lives of “normal control” research subjects enrolled in the first clinical trials at the US National Institutes of Health between 1953 and 1983. Laura received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2006; was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science in Human Culture at Northwestern University from 2006 to 2008; and held a Stetten Fellowship at the Office of NIH History at the National Institutes of Health from 2008 to 2009. She was previously on faculty at Wesleyan University before joining Vanderbilt in 2012. Links to her current projects are at www.laura-stark.com.
Some of Laura’s representative work includes:
- Behind Closed Doors: IRBs and the Making of Ethical Research (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2012).
- “IRB Meetings by the Minute(s): How Documents Create Decisions.” In Charles Camic, Neil Gross, and Michèle Lamont, eds., Social Knowledge in the Making (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011).
- “The Science of Ethics: Deception, the Resilient Self, and the APA Code of Ethics, 1966-1973,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 2010, 46(4): 337-370. (Winner of the History of Science Society’s Forum for the History of the Human Sciences Burnham Early Career Prize).
- “A Practical Guide to Research Ethics” In Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Raymond DeVries, and Robert Dingwall, eds. Handbook on Qualitative Health Research (New York: Sage Publications, 2010)(with Adam Hedgecoe).