Elizabeth Hargrett

Graduate Student

University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Office for the History of Science and Technology, CSTMS, Designated Emphasis in STS
Affiliation period: August 2019 -
Degrees MA History :: École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (2017)
BA History and French :: University of Georgia (2009)

Research Areas

19th and 20th Century U.S. History, History of Medicine, Environmental History


Elizabeth Hargrett is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at UC Berkeley, a graduate student researcher at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society (CSTMS), and a co-organizer of the STS Futures Initiative. Though her previous research has covered medical jurisprudence in Gold Rush-era California and eugenic sterilization in postwar Georgia, her dissertation project examines the co-production of North Carolina's highway infrastructure, tourism industries, and prison labor systems in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.



“Eugenics in Georgia”, The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Aug. 14 2019. URL:https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/government-politics/eugenics-georgia

“Cotton Gins”, The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Aug. 28 2009. URL: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/history-archaeology/cotton-gins


Invited Papers and Presentations

“Carceral Environments” Roundtable with Prof. Anthony Ryan Hatch, Prof. Laurel Mei Singh, Samuel Klee, and Dr. Brian Terrell, ASEH Environmental History Week, Apr. 22, 2021.

“Landscape, Labor and Insanity during the California Gold Rush,” Invited Speaker, Social Medicine Grand Rounds Series, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Oct. 18, 2019.

“Discipline and Punishment in 18th and 19th-Century Philadelphia,” Guest Lecture, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies 450: Punishments and Corrections, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA. Aug. 29, 2019.

“Medico-Legal Understandings of Criminal Insanity in 19th-Century Northern California”, History Day, UCSF, San Francisco, CA.  Nov. 16, 2018.


Fellowships and Awards

2022-2023  Center for the Study of Law and Society, Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship

2020            Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship, American Society for Environmental History

2019            National Science Foundation Travel Grant, American Association for Historians of Medicine

2017            EHESS MONDA-CENA Research Grant


last updated: January 9th, 2024