Professor Lawrence received a PhD from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. Prior to coming to Ohio State, she taught in the departments of History and Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Professor Lawrence specializes in the history of medicine with specific research interets in privacy and research ethics (HIPAA, IRBs and the expansion of "human subjects" protections to the deceased) and the history of human dissection in medical education. She has published Charitable Knowledge: Hospital Practioners and Pupils in Eighteenth Century London (Cambridge Univeristy Press) and is currently working on "Privacy and the Past." Her peer reviewed articles have appeared in journals including the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Science, Annals of Iowa, and Bulletin of the History of Medicine. Professor Lawrence's work led to a multi-disciplinary digital project, "Civil War Washington," that documents the social, political, cultural, and medical/scientific transitions provoked or accelerated by the Civil War.