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Jessica Wright (BA Cambridge 2008, PhD Princeton 2016)

I study the history of medicine, religion, and the body. My doctoral dissertation, “Brain and Soul in Late Antiquity,” examined medical and theological ideas about the brain in antiquity, with particular attention to the role of the brain in early Christian theology and preaching. I currently hold a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Southern California, where I am writing a book about the history of the brain from the emergence of presocratic philosophy through to the medieval period.