Elizabeth Hargrett

Graduate Student

North America

Fellowships and Awards

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


“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

“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.

Research Interests

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