Gabriel N. Mendes

Gabriel N. Mendes

Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Health, and Society


Ph.D. Brown University
MTS Harvard Divinity School

Dr. Gabriel N. Mendes has been appointed Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Health, and Society this fall. He has held positions at UC San Diego, Brown University, Bard College, and Emmanuel College. Dr. Mendes’s research and teaching center on the interlocking relationship among the thought and practice of the human sciences (biomedical, social, and behavioral) and the everyday lived experience of racialization, with particular attention to blackness and Afro-Diasporic populations. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University’s Department of American Civilization. Prior to attending Brown, Mendes earned a bachelor’s degree in African Studies and Religious Studies from Hobart College and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. In September 2015, Cornell University Press published his first single-authored book, Under the Strain of Color: Harlem’s Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry as part of its Studies in the History of Psychiatry series. Mendes is currently writing his second book, Through a Glass Darkly: Race and Madness in Modern America, an historical study of the representation and reality of the racialized experience of mental illness, either through raced subjects’ being diagnosed/labeled as such or by their own embrace of “craziness.”

  • History of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Public Health
  • Philosophy of the Human Sciences
  • African American Social, Cultural, Political, and Intellectual History
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