Abigail Higgins

Abigail Higgins

Abigail Higgins

Research Interests: History of biology; history of medicine; sex, gender, and identity in healthcare and medicine; social construction of science; communication of science and biomedical knowledge.

Abigail Higgins (she/her) is a PhD student in the History of Science Department. She is interested in the history of biomedicine through the 20th and 21st centuries as well as sex and gender in medicine and life sciences research. She is particularly interested in communication between authority and laity and its impact on conceptions of health and identity and the role of society in shaping priorities in biomedicine.

Abigail graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in History and Science and a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Her senior thesis project investigated the factors that enabled the widespread success of public venues for sex education by following the production, exhibition, and circulation of Robert Latou Dickinson’s Birth Series anatomical sculptures at the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair and beyond. For this project, she was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work.

Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Abigail worked as a healthcare and life sciences business strategy consultant, engaging with biopharma, biotechnology, and diagnostics companies.

Previous Degrees:

A.B., History of Science, Harvard University

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