Christine Tarleton

Christine Tarleton

Department affiliations: 

UCLA Department of History, Center for Social Medicine and the Humanities

Research interest: 

History of psychiatry, autism and childhood schizophrenia; socio-cultural constructions of psychiatric diagnoses; history of mental health services; disability studies perspectives and definitions of “normality;” history of parenting practices and advice literature; childhood studies

Mini biography: 

Christine Tarleton is a PhD candidate at UCLA in the field of History.  Her dissertation focuses on the history of autism and childhood schizophrenia in the twentieth century United States.  She also has interests in the history of the disability rights movement, particularly as it relates to neurodiversity, autism, and mental illness.

As a teaching assistant/associate, Christine has taught courses in history of science, history of medicine, as well as general introductory history courses in several other fields.  Christine also taught in the general education cluster course, Mind Over Matter:  The History, Science, and Philosophy of the Brain.  In this role, she developed her own seminar on neurodiversity and mental illness, Diagnosing Difference:  Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Stigma, Empathy, and Disability.  Last year, she also served as the Internship Coordinator for the Disability Studies minor.

Christine brings her insight and expertise from her work as an Independent Living Skills (ILS) instructor with adults with disabilities to her dissertational work, and her academic knowledge to her everyday common practices of working with disabled populations through her simultaneous social work career.  Her long-term goal is to find a niche where she can foster communication between the current academic perspectives, especially in disability studies, and the everyday common practices of working with disabled populations.

Christine received her BA with Honors from the University of Georgia, where she majored in Political Science and minored in History.  Her undergraduate honors thesis focused on the history of autism research in the United States, using the quantitative methods of social network analysis as well as more traditional historical research methods.