Nandini smiling wearing their short curly hair down. There is a brick wall behind them.

Nandini Subramaniam

Nandini’s background is in bioarchaeology and art history. They have also studied the development of medical science and its impact on human interactions with each other and the material world. Nandini has conducted archaeological research for projects in the United States, Canada, and Romania, and has worked in the curatorial departments of the Wellin Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
As a former gallery guide at the Institute, their research interests included the relationship between colonial expansion, popular culture, and the development of medicine during the 19th century.

More from Nandini Subramaniam

bottles of chocolate flavored medicine

Poisons and Panaceas: Inside the 19th-Century Medicine Cabinet

Our current ExhibitLab uncovers the fine line between deadly and lifesaving in the world of modern medicine.

Engraving of young Victorian woman crouch at feet of seated older woman

How Notorious Abortionist Madame Restell Built a Drug Empire

Desperate women, mistreated by the 19th century’s medical establishment, risked black-market remedies and the wrath of Anthony Comstock’s moralizing thugs.

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Varsity Tutors: History of Women’s Health Care

Join us for a free virtual class examining the evolution of women’s health care from the 1800s through today.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Poisonous Plants

Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories from 1887 to 1927 open a window to the history of medicine and empire.

Collage showing natural history illustrations and newspaper clippings

The Problem of Piltdown Man

Seduced by a racist idea, archaeologists hyped an outrageous hoax.