What I Was Doing When I Was Writing About Descartes
Melissa Lo considers the link between Cartesian mind-body dualism and the “model minority” identity....
MEMOIR & ESSAY
Melissa Lo lives and works in Los Angeles. She currently serves as a program officer at the Getty Foundation, where she focuses on building racial equity in the arts and the future of work at museums. A historian of early modern European science, medicine, and visual culture, she co-founded Cedar-Sinai’s Program in the History of Medicine; performed applied research for Shondaland and the Mash-Up Americans; curated the history of science and medicine collections at the Huntington Library; and taught at UCLA and SCI-Arc. Her writing has appeared in Carla, Journal of the History of Ideas, and The California Review of Images and Mark Zuckerberg. She serves on the boards of the Feminist Center for Creative Work and Carla. Skepticism’s Pictures: Figuring Descartes’s Natural Philosophy (2023) is her first book.