Although trained in English, Professor Erin Lamb has found her home in Hiram’s Biomedical Humanities major, which in 1998 was the first major in health humanities offered in the United States. Her research and teaching interests include aging, death and dying, disability, bioethics, health care and social justice, and new biotechnologies. Some of her favorite courses to teach include The Science and Culture of Sleep, Gimpy Geezers: Ableism and Ageism, How We Die, and What is Human? Professor Lamb is an active leader in several national organizations, including the North American Network in Aging Studies, the Modern Language Association’s Forums on Age Studies and Medical Humanities and Health Studies, and the Health Humanities Consortium.
- B.A., The University of Iowa
- PG Dip, Nottingham Trent University
- M.A. and Ph.D., Duke University
Erin’s research focuses on anti-aging consumer culture and the pedagogy of age studies and health humanities at the baccalaureate level. Her publications appear in such venues as The Journal of Medical Humanities, The Health and Humanities Reader, The International Journal of Aging and Society, and Age, Culture, Humanities. She is currently working on a co-edited volume, Methods in Health Humanities, and a monograph, The Fountain of Ageism: From Scientific Rejuvenation to Anti-Aging Culture.
- Berry, Sarah L., Erin Gentry Lamb, and Therese Jones. Health Humanities Baccalaureate Programs in the United States. Hiram, OH: Center for Literature and Medicine, Hiram College. December 2016.
- Blackie, Michael and Erin Gentry Lamb. “Courting Discomfort in an Undergraduate Health Humanities Classroom.” In Health and Humanities Reader. Eds. Therese Jones, Lester Friedman and Delese Wear. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 2014. Health and Medicine Series. 490-500.
- Lamb, Erin Gentry. “‘Polyester Pants and Orthopedic Shoes’: Introducing Age Studies to Traditional Undergraduates.” Age, Culture, Humanities. 1.1 (Spring 2014): 223-238.
- Lamb, Erin Gentry and Jim Gentry. “The Denial of Aging in American Advertising: Empowering or Disempowering?” The International Journal of Aging and Society. 2.4 (2013): 35-47.
- Guest-edited special issues of The Journal of Medical Humanities:
- “Pre-Health Humanities,” with Sarah L. Berry, 38.4 (Dec 2017)
- “Exploring the Why, What and How of Medical Humanities Pedagogy,” with Michael Blackie, 34.4 (Dec 2013)
- Helps run Hiram’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
- Has required students to nap in class and plan their own funerals