Ms Rachel Linfield (2019)
As an undergraduate at Princeton, I am majoring in the History of Science and completed the pre-med curriculum. My research interests at Princeton revolve around the medicalization of postpartum depression, the feminist self-help movements who pushed for increased medical recognition of their experiences, and the narratives of women, across time and geography, who suffer from postpartum depression. Through an MPhil in Health, Medicine, and Society at Cambridge, I intend to expand my senior thesis work on organized feminism’s advocacy for medical treatment of postpartum depression, with a focus on how social movements within England influenced the psychiatric treatment of postpartum depression.
Ultimately, I hope to attend medical school and then specialize in the treatment and care of women’s mental health, to honor each woman’s story, including, where relevant, experience with motherhood. I am excited to learn from and with the diverse scholars who comprise the Gates-Cambridge community.
I am one of seven children and attended schools in five different states growing up. I am always look for some competitive hoops; at Princeton, I serve as Captain of Women’s Club Basketball. But my favorite activity is simply to be with people, whether my teammates, the residents I guide as a Residential College Adviser, or the community at the Center for Jewish Life. I am excited to do likewise at Cambridge.