Catherine Campbell

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20192020 Forum on Kinship

Catherine Campbell

Health & Societies

CAS, 2020

Catherine Campbell is a Health and Societies major concentrating in the history of medicine, with a minor in Urban Studies. She is especially interested in the history of the work of women caregivers, both formally and informally, as well as theology and religion, pastoral care, and social action. Her homes on campus are at Kings Court English, where she is an RA; among the stacks at Van Pelt; or in one of Penn’s dance studios, dancing, creating choreography, or directing new productions for Penn Ballet. She is currently working on a senior thesis in Health and Societies, for the support of which she is also a recipient of a research grant from the College Alumni Society.

Care in Nursing Practice, 1880–1930

This project is aligned around the study of the daily tasks of nurses, with a focus on those tasks that cannot be linked to a particular treatment or medical cure. It examines published sources from inside and outside the field of nursing, as well as unpublished sources such as students’ notes. Existing historical study of nurses has focused on their background and education, and has examined “care” mostly theoretically. The goal of the project is to explore the link between nurses and mothers, in order to understand what kinds of caring work remained constant amidst quick scientific and professional changes.