Angélica Clayton is a 5th year PhD candidate in the history of science and medicine department here at Yale and is in her first year as a McDougal Graduate Teaching Fellow. Her work looks at the history of psychological trauma in the United States from the 1970s through the early 2000s, examining how theories of trauma from sexual violence and child abuse morphed as they moved through clinics, laboratories, courtrooms, activist spaces and public media. Her work considers how theories of trauma resisted models of the human coming out of the Cold War and how these theories thought about intergenerational temporalities, embodiment and the environment.
Angélica has a BA from Harvard University in History of Science and comes to the Poorvu Center with a passion for teaching that focuses on creating safe, comfotable and productive learning environments for her students. She is particularly interested in conversations about anti-racist pedagogy and inclusive teaching practices that take seriously individual students’ backgrounds, experiences and orientations when they come into the classroom.