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  • Dr.  Otniel Dror
Dr Otniel Dror
 
Education & Appointments

Education

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

Appointments

2000-2007
Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Head, History of Medicine
2007-present
Senior Lecturer
2007
Joel Wilbush Chair in Medical Anthropology
2007-2010
Member, Scholion Center
2008-present
Member, Center for Research on Pain, Hebrew University
2011-2013 (Sabbatical)
Institute for Society and Genetics & Department of History, UCLA, Visiting Scholar
Research Projects
current project
The Sciences and Cultures of Pleasures and Rewards, 1950-
2007-2010, Scholion Center
Knowledge and Pain
2006-2008, Max Planck Institute Collaborative Research Group
History of Scientific Observation
2010-2013, (CEMID) Research Group, University of Navarra
Emotional Culture and Identity
Publications

Monograph under revision

Blush, Flush, Adrenalin: Science, Modernity and Paradigms of Emotions, 1850-1940. (Under revision for the University of Chicago Press)

Monograph in preparation

The Sciences and Cultures of Pleasures and Rewards, 1950-

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

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)
Knowledge and Pain (co-edited with Esther Cohen, Leona Toker, Manuela Consonni). Amsterdam/NY: Rodopi/Brill Press, 2012

Articles

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.
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)
Otniel E. Dror, “The Scientific Image of Emotion: Experience and Technologies of Inscription,” Configurations 7 (September 1999): 355-401.
Otniel E. Dror, “Counting the Affects: Discoursing in Numbers,” Social Research 68 (Summer 2001): 357-378.
Otniel E. Dror, "Techniques of the Brain and the Paradox of Emotions, 1880-1930," Science in Context 14 (Winter 2001): 643-660.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Otniel E. Dror, “A Reflection on Feelings and the History of Science,” Isis 100 (December 2009): 848-851.
Otniel E. Dror, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, “The Importance of Being Ernest: Genome Wide Association Studies,” AAAAI News (Spring 2010): 7; 12.
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.
Otniel E. Dror, “De-medicalizing the Medical Humanities,” The European Legacy 16 (2011): 317-326.
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), pp. 147-167.
Otniel E. Dror, “From Primitive Fear to Civilized Stress: Sudden Unexpected Death,” in David Cantor and Edmund Ramsden (eds.), Stress, Shock and Adaptation in the Twentieth Century (Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press), pp. 96-118.
Otniel E. Dror, “What is an Excitement?” in Frank Biess and Daniel Gross (eds.), Science and Emotions after 1945: A Transatlantic Perspective (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), pp. 121-138.
Otniel E. Dror, "The Cannon-Bard Thalamic Theory of Emotions: A Brief Genealogy and Reappraisal," Emotion Review 6 (January 2014): 13-20.
Otniel E. Dror, “Deconstructing the ‘Two Factors’: The Historical Origins of the Schachter-Singer Theory of Emotions,” Emotion Review 9 (2016): 7-16.
Otniel E. Dror, Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, and Pilar Léon-Sanz, "An Introduction to History of Science and the Emotions,” Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), pp. 1-18.
Otniel E. Dror, “Cold War ‘Super-pleasure’: Insatiability, Self-Stimulation, and the Postwar Brain,” Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), pp. 227-249.
Otniel E. Dror, “Emotions and the Physiological Body,” forthcoming in Alexa Geisthövel, Bettina Hitzer (eds.), Psychosomatische Medizin im 20. Jahrhundert

Book Reviews

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Otniel E. Dror, Review of Titus Tobler book, Harefua, V. 144, No. 12 (Dec. 2005), p. 858
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.
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

Otniel E. Dror, “Jennings, Herbert Spencer,” Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Macmillan, 2002.
Otniel E. Dror, “Nobel Prize Laureates in Medicine,” The Israeli Encyclopedia of Medicine (Israel Medical Association), forthcoming-- Hebrew.
Otniel E. Dror, Eretz Acheret

Membership in Editorial Boards

1/1/2002-1/1/2005, Isis
Editorial Board
2002-, Korot
Editorial Board
2004-, Harefuah (Journal of the Israeli Medical Association)
Editorial Board
2009-2010, Odyssey (a journal of science and culture)
Advisory Board

Referee

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
Prizes
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
Grants
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, 1880-1950”
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” with Esther Cohen, Manuela Consonni, and Eva Illouz/Leona Toker
Committees

Membership in Committees

Chair, Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities, 2017-
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, 2017-
Member, Israel National Commission for UNESCO, Committee on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), 2010-2013
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, 2014-2016. Currently a member of the committee.
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.
Steering 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.
Teaching

Master’s degree students

Shimon Amit
Program in History and Philosophy of Science, GRANTED
Irina Abramson
Program in History and Philosophy of Science, GRANTED
Yonat Birin
Co-supervisor Dr. Sigal Goodin, GRANTED

Doctoral degree students

Emma Smetanikov
Co-Supervisor Prof. Judith Shuval, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, GRANTED
Amalya Yachin
Co-Supervisor Prof. Moshe Caspi, School of Education,GRANTED
Liat Shechter-Zur
Co-Supervisor Prof. Alon Harel, Law Faculty, GRANTED
Sky Gross
Co-Supervisor Prof. Don Handelman, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, GRANTED
Shimon Amit
Co-Supervisor Prof. Yemima Ben-Menachem, Program in History and Philosophy of Science, GRANTED
Aharon Schwartz
Program in History and Philosophy of Science, GRANTED
Eli Lamdan
Co-supervisor Dr. Jonathan Dekel-Chen, Program in History and Philosophy of Science. IN PROGRESS
Tamar Meri
Co-supervisor Prof. Ruth Landau, Program in History and Philosophy of Science. IN PROGRESS
Elior Berserman-Navon
Co-supervisor Dr. Marcy Brink-Danan. Department of Anthropology and Sociology. IN PROGRESS
Itai Adler
Co-supervisors Dr. Adi Finkelstein, Prof. Yemima Ben-Menachem, Program in History and Philosophy of Science. IN PROGRESS

MD Thesis students

Noa Navot, MD Thesis
Medical School, APPROVED
Hagai Levin, MD Thesis
Medical School, APPROVED
Sarit Malchiel, MD Thesis
Medical School, APPROVED

DVM Thesis students

Tali Landau, DVM Thesis
Veterinary Medical School, APPROVED
Kfir Yazdi, DVM Thesis
Veterinary Medical School APPROVED

Courses

“Between Medicine and Culture”
Medical Faculty
“The Culture of Biomedicine, 19th-20th Centuries”
Faculty of the Humanities
“Disease, Culture, and History”
Medical Faculty
“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
“Public Health Ethics”
Medical Faculty
Numerous invited talks and lectures in the United States, Europe, and Israel.
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