Christopher Lane Ph.D.

Christopher Lane, Ph.D. teaches at Northwestern University, where he is a member of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. A former Guggenheim fellow, awarded the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing, he has published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Slate, TIME, and several other newspapers, journals, and magazines. He is the author of six books, most recently Surge of Piety: Norman Vincent Peale and the Remaking of American Religious Life (Yale, 2016), on psychiatry and religiosity in the 1950s.

His other books include The Age of Doubt: Tracing the Roots of Our Religious Uncertainty (Yale, 2011), on the history of agnosticism, and Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (Yale, 2007), now in six translations, on behind-the-scenes changes to the DSM and the creation of social anxiety disorder in the 1970s to 2000s. He is completing a book on bioethics, the biotech revolution, and the practical and political implications of the new neuroscience.

Find him on Twitter @christophlane

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