About Me



My name is Elizabeth Nelson and I am a historian of medicine and mental health care. I serve as the Director of Public Programs at the Indiana Medical History Museum and as an instructor of history and medical humanities at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).

I earned my PhD in history at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2015. My research examines  biomedical frameworks, therapeutic technologies, and patient voices inside mental institutions, including Indiana’s Central State Hospital and the Villejuif asylum (now the Paul Guiraud hospital) near Paris, France.



In the media:

Voices from Central State Begins With One-Woman Show Adapted from Patient’s 1886 Memoir (August 2016)

Blog Interview: Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (May 2016)

Indiana at 200: The First Mental Hospital, by Andrea Neal (January 2016)

5×5 : Read Indy Finalist (May 2015)

Photo by B. Havens, 2-15
Photo by B. Havens, 2015