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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)

Lisa Haushofer

Lisa Haushofer, MD PhD

  • Senior Research Associate
+41 44 634 57 35

Short CV


Since September 2020: Senior Research Associate (Oberassistentin), Institute for Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Culinaria Research Centre, University of Toronto, 2018-2020.

Resident Physician, Department of Dermatology, Helios Klinikum Wuppertal, Germany, 2009-2011.


Ph.D., History of Science, Harvard University, 2018.

M.D., Medicine, University of Witten-Herdecke, 2009.

M.A., History of Medicine, Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, 2007.

Research interests

History of Medicine and Science, Global Health, Food Studies, History of Consumption, Capitalism, and Economic Life, History of Empire, US History, British History

Select Teaching Competencies

History of Medicine and Science

Global Health

Global Commodities

Medical Ethics and History

Science and Gender

History of Nutrition and Dietetics

History of Biology and Physiology

Historical Methods

Select Invited Talks

“Food, Science, Consumption: Beyond the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906.” School of Pharmacy, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, 2019.

“Towards a History of Nutritional Consumer Products.” STS Lunch Seminar, Tufts University. Boston, 2018.

“Writing to Mr. Benger: Rethinking testimonial advertising and medical-commercial relations in the context of medicinal foods.” Departmental Seminar Series, Department of Social Studies of Medicine, McGill University. Montreal, 2014.

“The ‘contaminating agent:’ UNRRA, displaced persons and venereal disease in Germany.” 3rd International Summer Academy of Practical Dermatology. Munich, 2013.

Select Publications


Wonder Foods: The Science and Commerce of Nutrition (in preparation).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Between Food and Medicine: Artificial Digestion, Sickness, and the Case of Benger’s Food.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 73, no. 2 (April 1, 2018): 168–87.

“Introduction: Food as Medicine, Medicine as Food.” Co-authored with Juliana Adelman. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 73, no. 2 (April 1, 2018): 127–34.

“The ‘Contaminating Agent’ UNRRA, Displaced Persons, and Venereal Disease in Germany, 1945–1947.” American Journal of Public Health 100, no. 6 (June 1, 2010): 993–1003.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

“Teaching with Food.” Co-authored with Daniel Bender. In Food and Material Culture, edited by Elizabeth Zanoni and Irina Mihalace (under contract with Bloomsbury Press).

“Darby’s Fluid Meat and the Economization of Digestion.” In Acquired Tastes: Stories about the Origins of Modern Food, edited by Benjamin R. Cohen, Michael Kideckel, and Anna Zeide (forthcoming with MIT University Press).

“Inimitable Innovation: Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach and the Renewal of Surgery, 1822-1847.” In Technological Change in Modern Surgery: Historical Perspectives on Innovation, edited by Thomas Schlich and Christopher Crenner, 21–50. Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2017.

Select Awards and Fellowships

Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2017-18.
Science History Institute (formerly Chemical Heritage Foundation), Haas Dissertation Fellowship, 2015-16.

John Furr Fellowship, Hartman Center, Duke University, 2014.

Harvard Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Presidential Scholarship, Harvard University, 2011 and 2012.

Wellcome Trust Scholarship, Wellcome Trust Center for the History of Medicine, University College London, 2006-07.

German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes), 2007-09.

Select Professional Service and Public Engagement

New Book Forum: Science, Medicine, Environment, 2020-present

Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies, Editorial Collective Member, 2018-present.

Journal for the Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, Book Review Editor, 2018-present.

Remedia, co-creator, writer, and editor, 2012-present.