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Ott, Katherine

Fellowship Advisor National Museum of American History staff

History of the body, disability, ethnic and folk medicine, integrative and alternative medicine, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, dermatology, medical technology, prosthetics and rehabilitation, sexuality; visual and material culture, ephemera.

Background And Education

Education And Training

Awards And Honors

Research And Grants


Selected Publications

  • Article

  • Chapter

    • Ott, Katherine. 2018. "Material Culture, Technology and the Body in Disability History." In Oxford Handbook of Disability History. Rembis, Michael, Kudlick, Catherine, and Nielsen, Kim E., editors. 125–139. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2018
    • Ott, Katherine. 2016. "The Iron Lung in History and Cultural Memory." In Engaging Smithsonian Objects through Science, History, and the Arts. Arnoldi, Mary Jo, editor. 195–205. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. 2016
    • Ott, Katherine. 2015. "Prosthetics." In Keywords for Disability Studies. Adams, Rachel, Reiss, Benjamin, and Serlin, David, editors. 140–143. New York: New York University Press. 2015
    • Ott, Katherine. 2013. "Using Science to Parse the Body: Some Artful Methods for Learning Medicine." In Analyzing Art and Aesthetics. Goodyear, Anne Collins and Weitekamp, Margaret A., editors. 2–16. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. 2013
    • Ott, Katherine. 2010. "Collective Bodies: What Museums do for Disability Studies." In Re-Presenting Disability: Activism and Agency in the Museum. Sandell, Richard, Dodd, Jocelyn, and Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie, editors. 269–279. New York: Routledge. 2010
    • Ott, Katherine. 2010. "Contagion, Public Health, and the Visual Culture of Nineteenth Century Skin." In Imagining Illness: Public Health and Visual Culture. Serlin, David, editor. 85–107. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. 2010


  • Exhibit

    • Ott, Katherine (Curator). 2019. "Illigal to Be You: Gay History Beyond Stonewall." Washington, DC: Smithsonian National Museum of American History,