Zachary Joseph Levine

Zachary Levine is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Columbia history department, focusing on modern French history, intellectual history, and the history of science. He is particularly interested in the history of the brain and mind sciences, psychoanalysis, and models of the self. He is currently working on a dissertation project on case studies in neurology, psychiatry, and psychology, provisionally titled “The Illuminating Case: The Case Study Method in the Fin-de-Siècle French Brain and Mind Sciences.” By considering published case studies of patients and research subjects, private archives and records, and surviving hospital records, he hopes to illuminate the role and versatility of the case study method at that moment. Through an Alliance Doctoral Mobility grant, he was able to spend approximately fifteen weeks in Paris finishing research for his doctoral dissertation. His affiliation with Sciences Po and Professor Paul-André Rosental provided aid and invaluable connections that have been extremely helpful for his research.