Erin Lamb

Associate Professor of Biomedical Humanities

B.A., The University of Iowa

PG Dip, Nottingham Trent University

Ph.D., Duke University

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Erin Gentry Lamb joined the Center for Literature and Medicine and the Hiram College Faculty in 2009-2010. She came from Duke University where she completed her PhD in English in 2008 and taught in the Women's Studies and English departments. Prior to Duke, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in International Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University in England, and a BA in English and Aging Studies at The University of Iowa.

Her research and teaching interests center on exploring cultural representations of medicine, science and technology; in particular, she is interested in representations of aging, genetics, health care and bioethics, and new media. She loves to teach wide-ranging interdisciplinary classes that are as likely to scour an article in Science as an episode of The Simpsons.

She is married to Julian Lamb and the proud mother of Evelyn Lamb (born June 2010).


  • PhD, Duke University 2008 (English), Dissertation: The Age of Obsolescence: Senescence and Scientific Rejuvenation inTwentieth Century America
  • PG Dip, Nottingham Trent University, 2002 (International Cultural Studies. Highest Distinction.)
  • BA, University of Iowa, 1998 (English/Aging Studies, French Minor. Honors, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa)

Research and Teaching Interests

Aging Studies, the Cultural Study of Science and Medicine, Bioethics, Cultural Studies, Feminist Science Studies, Science Fiction, New Media Studies, Writing, Interdisciplinarity, American Literature and Culture

Sample Classes Taught at Hiram

  • What is Human?
  • Narrative Bioethics
  • Aging, Sex & the Body
  • Global Health & Human Rights
  • Genetics, Identity & Popular Culture

Professional responsibilities and memberships

  • American Society for Bioethics & Humanities
  • Modern Language Association
  • Member, Executive Council, MLA Age Studies Discussion Group. 2008-present. (Chair, 2011-2012)
  • National Women's Studies Association
  • Co-Chair of Aging and Ageism Caucus. 2009-present.
  • Society for Literature, Science & the Arts
  • Society for Social Studies of Science
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