Bio

Awarded the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing, Christopher Lane (Ph.D., University of London) teaches at Northwestern University. A former Guggenheim fellow and a Victorianist by training, he has a secondary specialization in 19th- and 20th-century psychology, psychiatry, and intellectual history. He has held Northwestern’s Pearce Miller Research Professorship and is a member of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities in the Feinberg School of Medicine.

Lane is the author of six books, most recently Surge of Piety: Norman Vincent Peale and the Remaking of American Religious Life (Yale, 2016), on Peale’s self-described “religio-psychiatric” clinic and movement in the 1950s. His other books include The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty (Yale, 2011), on the history of agnosticism and unbelief, and Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (Yale, 2007), now in six translations, on behind-the-scenes changes to the DSM and the creation of the anxiety disorders between the 1970s and 1990s. He is completing a book on bioethics, the biotech revolution, and the practical and political implications of the new neuroscience.

Lane has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, LA Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Slate, TIME, Huffington Post, Chronicle Review, Daily Beast, and several other newspapers and magazines. He has also contributed articles to journals such as Raritan, Novel, Victorian Studies, Common Knowledge, Theory and Psychology, and the International Literary Quarterly.

Lane is the recipient of fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the British Academy, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He writes a blog for Psychology Today called “Side Effects.”

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