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Erin Lamb, Ph.D.

Herbert L. and Pauline Wentz Andrews Professor of Biomedical Humanities
Director, Center for Literature and Medicine

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

Research Interests

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.

Selected Publications

Fun Facts

  • Helps run Hiram’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa
  • Has required students to nap in class and plan their own funerals

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