Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
  • Dr.  Otniel Dror
Dr Otniel Dror
1985:  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Medicine, Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMSc)
1989:  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Medicine, Medical Doctor (MD)
1991:  Sorbonne, French Language and Civilization, Annual Diploma
1993:  Princeton University, History, Master’s Degree (MA)
1999:  Princeton University, History, Ph. D.
1998-2000:  Getty Research Institute, Postdoctoral Fellowship 
2000-2007:  Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Head, History of Medicine
2007:  Senior Lecturer
2007:  Joel Wilbush Chair in Medical Anthropology
2007-2010:  Member, Scholion Center
2008:  Member, Center for Research on Pain, Hebrew University
2011-2013:  Visiting Scholar, Department of History & Institute for Society and Genetics, UCLA
-   The Adrenaline Century, 1900-2000 (new book project)
-   Knowledge and Pain (Scholion Center, 2007-2010)
-   History of Scientific Observation (Max Planck Institute Collaborative Research Group, 2006-2008)
-   Emotional Culture and Identity (CEMID) Research Group, University of Navarra, 2010-2013
            Monograph under revision:
Blush, Adrenaline, Excitement: Modernity and the Study of Emotions, 1860-1940. (Under revision for the University of Chicago Press)
            Monograph in preparation:
The Adrenaline Century, 1900-2000
            Edited Volumes and Special Issues:
Knowledge and Pain (co-edited with Esther Cohen, Leona Toker, Manuela Consonni). Amsterdam/NY: Rodopi Press, 2012
            Volume in preparation
History of Science and the Emotions (co-edited with Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, and Pilar Léon-Sanz), Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
1.      Otniel E. Dror, “Creating the Emotional Body: Confusion, Possibilities, and Knowledge,” in Peter N. Stearns, Jan Lewis (eds.), An Emotional History of the United States (New York: New York University Press, 1998), 173-194.
2.      Otniel E. Dror, “The Affect of Experiment: The Turn to Emotions in Anglo-American Physiology, 1900-1940,” Isis 90 (June 1999): 205-237.

Reprinted in: Kultur im Experiment (Kadmos-Verlag Berlin).
3.      Otniel E. Dror, “The Scientific Image of Emotion: Experience and Technologies of Inscription,” Configurations 7 (September 1999): 355-401.
4.      Otniel E. Dror, “Counting the Affects: Discoursing in Numbers,” Social Research 68 (Summer 2001): 357-378.
5.      Otniel E. Dror, "Techniques of the Brain and the Paradox of Emotions, 1880-1930," Science in Context 14 (Winter 2001): 643-660.
6.      Otniel E. Dror, “Anatomy and Physiology: Twentieth Century,” in Brian S. Baigrie (ed.), History of Modern Science and Mathematics Volume I (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002), pp. 213-227.
7.      Otniel E. Dror, "Deceiving Bodies: Metaphor, Knowledge, and Nerves," in Celine Kaiser, Marie-Luise Wunsche (eds.), Die "Nervositat der Juden" und andere Leiden an der Zivilisation  (Munchen & Wien: Ferdinand Schoningh, 2003), pp. 57-74.
8.      Otniel E. Dror, “‘Voodoo Death’: Fantasy, Excitement, and the Untenable Boundaries of Biomedical Science,” in Robert D. Johnston (ed.), The Politics of Healing: Essays in the Twentieth-century History of North American Alternative Medicine (New York and London: Routledge 2004), pp. 71-81, 328-331.
9.      Otniel E. Dror, “Is the Mind a Scientific Object of Study?: Lessons from History,” in Christina E. Erneling, David M. Johnson (eds.), The Mind as a Scientific Object: Between Brain and Culture (Oxford University Press 2004), pp. 101-117.
10.  Otniel E. Dror, “Dangerous Liaisons: Science, Amusement, and the Civilizing Process,” in Penelope Gouk, Helen Hills (eds.), Representing Emotions: New Connections in the Histories of Art, Music and Medicine (Ashgate 2005), pp. 223-234.
11.  Otniel E. Dror, “Fear and Loathing in the Laboratory and Clinic,” in Fay Bound Alberti (ed.), Medicine, Emotions and Disease, 1700-1950 (New York: Palgrave, 2006), pp. 125-143.
12.  Otniel E. Dror, “The Emotion in the Machine” in Ernst Müller, Falko Schmieder (Hg.), Begriffsgeschichte der Naturwissenschaften. Die historische Dimension naturwissenschaftlicher Konzepte (Verlag Walter deGruyter Berlin, New York, 2008).
13.  Otniel E. Dror, “A Reflection on Feelings and the History of Science,” Isis 100 (December 2009): 848-851.
14.  Otniel E. Dror, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, “The Importance of Being Ernest: Genome Wide Association Studies,” AAAAI News (Spring 2010): 7; 12.
15.  Otniel E. Dror, “Seeing the Blush: Feeling Emotions,” in Lorraine Daston, Elizabeth Lunbeck (eds.), Histories of Scientific Observation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), pp. 326-348.
16.  Otniel E. Dror, “De-medicalizing the Medical Humanities,” The European Legacy 16 (2011): 317-326.
17.  Otniel E. Dror, “Visceral Pleasures and Pains,” in Esther Cohen, Leona Toker, Manuela Consonni, Otniel E. Dror (eds.), Knowledge and Pain (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2012), 147-167.
18.  Otniel E. Dror, “From Primitive Fear to Civilized Stress: Sudden Unexpected Death,” forthcoming in David Cantor and Edmund Ramsden (eds.), Stress, Shock and Adaptation in the Twentieth Century (Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press).
19.  Otniel E. Dror, “What is an Excitement?” forthcoming in Frank Biess and Daniel Gross (eds.), Science and Emotions after 1945: A Transatlantic Perspective (Chicago: University of Chicago Press).
20.  Otniel E. Dror, "Thalamic Emotions: A Brief Genealogy" forthcoming in Emotion Review 6 (January 2014).
21.  Otniel E. Dror (together with Denis Mellier), "Does Individual Pain or Suffering Exist?" Under Review.
22.  Otniel E. Dror, "The Pleasure Center," in preparation for Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
23.  Otniel E. Dror, Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, and Pilar Léon-Sanz, "History of Science and the Emotions: Perspectives and Challenges – An Introduction," in preparation for Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).
Book Reviews:
1.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Joel Braslow, Mental Ills and Bodily Cures: Psychiatric Treatment in the First Half of the Twentieth Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997), Journal of Social History (Spring 1999): 702-705.
2.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Paul Redding, The Logic of Affect (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1999), Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 36 (Summer 2000): 95-96.
3.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Alison Winter, Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998), Journal of Interdisciplinary History 31 (Summer 2000): 281-282.
4.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Elin L. Wolfe, A. Clifford Barger, Saul Benison, Walter B.  Cannon: Science and Society (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2000), Journal of the History of Biology 33 (2000): 414-415.
5.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Jonathan Crary, Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999), Isis 92 (2001): 201-203.
6.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Gina Kolata, Flu: The Story Of The Great Influenza Pandemic, trans. Yael Ziskind-Keller (Matar 2000), Mosaf Sfarim, Haaretz, March 18, 2001--Hebrew.
7.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Nadav Daniel, White and Khaki: The History of the Israel Medical Corp, 1949-1967 (Ministry of Defense 2000), Mosaf Sfarim, Haaretz, May 30, 2001--Hebrew.
8.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Philip J. Pauly, Biologists and the Promise of American Life (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001), Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 56 (2001): 425-427.
9.      Otniel E. Dror, Review of Eran Dolev, Chapters in the History of Military Medicine (Ministry of Defense 2001) in Mosaf Sfarim, Haaretz, April 10, 2002—Hebrew.
10.  Otniel E. Dror, Review of Samuel Kottek, Manfred Horstmanshoff (eds.), From Athens to Jerusalem: Medicine in Hellenized Jewish Lore and in Early Christian Literature (Rotterdam: Erasmus Publishing, 2000), Korot: The Israel Journal of the History of Medicine and Science 16 (2002): 173-175.
11.  Otniel E. Dror, Review of Daniel Todes, Pavlov's Physiology Factory: Experiment, Interpretation, Laboratory Enterprise (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 58 (2003): 101-103.
24.  Otniel E. Dror, Review of P’ri Megadim by R. David de Silva Physician of Jerusalem, introduced and annotated by Zohar Amar (Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi Press, 2003), Harefuah—Hebrew.
25.  Otniel E. Dror, Review of Robert L. Martensen, The Brain Takes Shape: An Early History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004), in Journal of the American Medical Association 292, No. 15 (October 20, 2004): 1892-1893
26.  Otniel E. Dror, Review of  Titus Tobler book, Harefua,  V. 144, No. 12 (Dec. 2005), p. 858
27.  Otniel E. Dror, Review of Kevin Sharpe, Has Science Displaced the Soul? Debating Love and Happiness (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), The European Legacy, 12 (2007): 372-375.
28.  Otniel E. Dror, Review of Edward Shorter, David Healy, Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007), Isis, 100 (2009): 688-690.
Other Publications:
1.      Otniel E. Dror, “Jennings, Herbert Spencer,” Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Macmillan, 2002.
2.      Otniel E. Dror, “Nobel Prize Laureates in Medicine,” The Israeli Encyclopedia of Medicine (Israel Medical Association), forthcoming-- Hebrew.
3.      Otniel E. Dror, Eretz Acheret
Membership in Editorial Boards:
   -   Editorial Board, Isis, 1/1/2002-1/1/2005
   -   Editorial Board, Korot, 2002-
   -   Editorial Board, Harefuah (Journal of the Israeli Medical Association), 2004-
   -   Advisory Board, Odyssey (a journal of science and culture), 2009-2010
   -   National Science Foundation
   -   Wellcome Trust
   -   Isis
   -   Social Studies of Science
   -   Bulletin of the History of Medicine
   -   Science in Context
   -   Communication Theory
   -   German Israel Fund
   -   IMAJ: Israel Medical Association Journal
   -   Harefua (Journal of the Israeli Medical Association)
   -   Korot
   -   Israel Studies
 סוציולוגיה ישראלית   -  
  Keren De Shalit Fellowship for higher education, Weitzman Institute, Israel, 1977 (while still in high-school)
  Dean’s List of Students, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, 1979
  Princeton University Fellowship, 1991-1996
  A.W. Mellon Post-enrollment Fellowship, Summer 1997
  Bruns Prize, American Society for Literature and Science, 1997
  Yigal Alon Fellowship, Israel Academy for Higher Education, 2000-2003 (Declined).
  Golda Meir Fellowship, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002
  President’s Report, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002
  Fellow, Zentrum Für Literaturforschung, Berlin, 19/3-6/4, 2007
  President’s Report, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007
  Fellow, MPI for History of Science, Berlin, 1-20/9, 2009
1996: Rockefeller Archive Center Research Grant, “History of the Body”
1997: Wellcome Trust Research Travel Grant in the History of Medicine, “Physiology of Emotions”
2001-2002: Israel Science Foundation, “Cultural History of the Biomedical Study of Emotions in the Anglo-American Context,
2002-2004: Israel Science Foundation, “Boundary-Spanning Physicians: The Liaison of Bio-medicine and Alternative
                   Medicine” (with Judith Shuval)
2007-2010: SCHOLION, “Knowledge and Pain: The Cultural Constructions of Suffering” Otniel Dror, Esther Cohen,
                   Manuela Consonni, and Eva Illouz​​

Membership in Committees:

  Member, National Helsinki Committee (oversees all human genetic experiments in the State of Israel), 2008-
  Member, Israel Council on Animal Experimentation (oversees all animal experimentation in the State of Israel), 2004-2011
  Member, Israel National Commission for UNESCO, Committee on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology
     (COMEST), 2010-
  Chair, Medical Faculty & Science Faculty Ethics Committee (oversees all non-medical human research in the
     Medical and Science Faculties of The Hebrew University), 2005-2011
  Member, University-wide Gender Equity Committee, Hebrew University, 2009/10-2011
  Member, Rector’s Advisory Committee on The Use of Animals for Teaching Purposes. (2005)
  Member, Medical School Committee on Teaching Medical Humanities and Ethics. (2006)
  Member, International Advisory Board, Wellcome Trust funded project on History of Stress, University of Exeter, 2007-2010.
Organization of Conferences:
  Israeli Advisory Committee, The 6th International Conference on Ancient DNA & Associated Biomolecules,
     Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rehovot, July 21-25, 2002.
  Steering Committee, Birth as Experience and Metaphor, International Conference of The Lafer Center for Women’s and 
     Gender Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, November 11-13, 2003.
  Steering Committee, International Conference on: Environmental Regulation and The Development and Application of
     Nanotechnologies: Lessons from US and European Policy Regarding Genetically-Modified Organisms, May 15-17, 2005,
     Tel Aviv University.
  SteeSteering Committee, Knowledge and Pain, Scholion Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
     Jerusalem, May 24-26, 2010.
  Co-organizer, Emotions in History of Medicine: Between Health and Pathology, Center for Emotional Culture and Identity
     (CEMID), University of Navarra, Pamplona, November 18-19, 2011.Co-organizer, Emotions in History of Medicine: Between
      Health and Pathology, Center for Emotional Culture and Identity (CEMID), University of Navarra, Pamplona,
      November 18-19, 2011.


  -  “Between Medicine and Culture” - Medical Faculty
  -  “The Culture of Biomedicine, 19th-20th Centuries” - Faculty of the Humanities
  -  “Disease, Culture, and History” - Medical School
  -  “Scientific Thinking and Society” - Faculty of the Humanities
  -  “Vet. Medicine: History, Culture, and Animal Ethics” - School of Veterinary Medicine
  -  “Research Ethics” - Medical Faculty
  -  “Ethical Issues of Modern Genetics” - Medical Faculty
  -  “Contemporary Issues in Science and Ethics” - Faculty of Science
  -  “Gender and Science” - Faculty of the Humanities
website by Bynet Software Systems