Lauren Minsky

Assistant Professor of History Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi

Research Areas: histories of environment, health, medicine, and material religion in the Indian Ocean world

Lauren Minsky received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. She joined NYUAD after spending three years as an Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University and a year as a Mellon Fellow for Assistant Professors at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She has also held a Fulbright-Hays fellowship from the US Department of Education; IDRF and Book fellowships from the Social Science Research Council; a Title VI Language and Area Studies fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania; and a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Minsky’s research integrates histories of environment, health, medicine, and material religion in the Indian Ocean world, with a past focus on the Punjab and Indus Valley and a current focus on pan-oceanic networks that span the wider region, including the Gulf.  Her courses at NYUAD include a core course on Disease and Society and several history electives that include: South Asia in the Indian Ocean world; Islam in the Indian Ocean world; Global Environmental History; and Global History of Medicine.

Reflecting her interdisciplinary interests, Minsky worked for four years in a pediatric cancer genetics laboratory before beginning her graduate studies in history. She is the co-author of articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Human Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Cancer Genetics and Cytogenetics, and Cancer Research.

Since 2012, Minsky has also served as a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Medical History.

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