Elizabeth Hargrett

PhD Candidate

North America

Fellowships and Awards

2022-2023  Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship

2020            Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship, American Society for Environmental History

2019            National Science Foundation Travel Grant, American Association for Historians of Medicine

2017            EHESS MONDA-CENA Research Grant


"Incarcerated Labor, Good Roads, and Nature Tourism in North Carolina, 1887-1957", Annual Meeting of the Southern Labor Studies Association, Chapel Hill, NC, Sept. 10, 2022.

“Eugenics and ADC Grant Eligibility in the State of Georgia, 1949-1959”, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Baltimore, MD, May 28-31, 2020. [conference cancelled due to COVID-19]

“The Environmental Histories of San Quentin State Prison”, American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON. Apr. 27, 2020. [conference cancelled due to COVID-19]

“Violent Shocks and Sudden Reverses of Fortune: Crime and the Etiology of Insanity in Gold Rush-Era California”, American Association for Historians of Medicine Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH. Apr. 27, 2019.

“Medico-Legal Understandings of Criminal Insanity in 19th-Century Northern California”, History Day, UCSF, San Francisco, CA.  Nov. 16, 2018.

 « Idéologie et pratiques eugénistes dans l’état de Géorgie : problèmes, enjeux et obstacles ». Journée des Jeunes Chercheurs, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. March 24, 2017.  

“The Politics of Procreation”, presented with Dr. Jennifer Merchant of Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Atelier Amérique du Nord, Sciences Po Lyon, France. November 11, 2015.

Invited Papers and Presentations

“Carceral Environments” Roundtable with Prof. Anthony Ryan Hatch, Prof. Laurel Mei Singh, Samuel Klee, and Dr. Brian Terrell, ASEH Environmental History Week, Apr. 22, 2021.  

“Landscape, Labor and Insanity during the California Gold Rush,” Invited Speaker, Social Medicine Grand Rounds Series, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Oct. 18, 2019.

“Discipline and Punishment in 18th and 19th-Century Philadelphia,” Guest Lecture, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies 450: Punishments and Corrections, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. Aug. 29, 2019.

“Medico-Legal Understandings of Criminal Insanity in 19th-Century Northern California”, History Day, UCSF, San Francisco, CA.  Nov. 16, 2018.

Professional Activities and Service

Head Organizer, Cal STS Retreat, Jun. 25-26, 2021.

Co-Organizer: STS Futures Initiative, 2019-2020 (http://www.stsfuturesinitiative.org)

  • wrote successful grant proposal (awarded $10,000 from the UCHRI) for a year-long program of professional development programming for humanities and social science students specializing in STS
  • head organizer of a collaborative team of two graduate students, a lecturer, and an assistant professor from several UC campuses 

Co-organizer: Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences Working Group, 2018-2020.

California State-Certified Sexual Assault Counselor and Advocate, 2018-present (BAWAR, Oakland).

  • provide counseling, support and resources to survivors of sexual assault
  • accompany survivors to Alameda County hospitals and police stations, advocate for their rights and needs, provide support and information throughout the reporting and/or forensic exam process
  • completed 66 hours of training in intersectional counseling skills, trauma-informed care and response, hospital and police station accompaniment procedures, etc.

Chair, UC Berkeley History Graduate Association, 2018-2019. 

Advocate, 2018-2019 (Prisoner Advocacy Network, San Francisco). 

  • provided research, resources, and non-litigation advocacy (under the supervision of an attorney) through regular communication with correspondents incarcerated within the California state prison system
  • tasks included legal research, phone calls and letters to prison and health care officials, assistance with filing complaints and/or administrative appeals, and public records requests

Organizer: History Graduate Association Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Christopher M. Church, “Paradise Destroyed: Catastrophe and Citizenship in the French Caribbean”, University of California Berkeley, Apr. 17, 2019.

Organizer: 2nd Annual History Graduate Student Research Symposium, UC Berkeley, Jan. 24, 2019. 

Research Interests

  • Environmental History
  • History of Medicine
  • History of Incarceration
  • Science, Technology and Society