Brigid Prial

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (Aug 2023-Dez 2023)

Brigid Prial is a doctoral candidate in the History and Sociology of Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She is working on her dissertation project, examining the history and politics of US lab scientists’ access to chimpanzees as research subjects in the twentieth century. In 2022–23, she held a Beinecke Library Research Fellowship at the Yale Libraries for archival work related to her dissertation and a research fellowship through the Linda Hall Library. She has been an editor at the History of Anthropology Review since 2020.


The American Chimpanzee: Creating a Scientific Resource, 1915–1995


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Selected Publications

Prial, Brigid (2022). “Review of: Ross, Stephen and Lydia Hopper (eds.): Chimpanzee Memoirs: Stories of Studying and Saving Our Closest Living Relatives. New York: Columbia University Press 2022.” H-Sci-Med-Tech, H-Net Review, October 2022. https:/…

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Prial, Brigid (2021). “Review of: Milam, Erika Lorraine: Creatures of Cain. Princeton: Princeton University Press 2019.” History of Anthropology Review 45.

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Past Events


Zairian Chimpanzees for U.S. Labs: Development, Conservation, and the Politics of Resource Access