Otniel Dror

Visiting Researcher


M.D., Medical School, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Ph. D., Department of History, Princeton University

Otniel E. Dror is a faculty member in the Medical Faculty of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He specializes in the history of the modern Western life sciences and medicine. His main interest lies in studying the interface/s and interrelationships between science and society. His most recent project was a study of the history of the scientific study of emotions, 1850-1940. His current new project is a study of the cultures and history of the neurophysiology of pleasure and its numerous adaptations, implications, and transformations during the post-Second World War period.

Otniel is also interested in bioethics and is currently a member of several ethics committees in Israel. He is Chair of the Bioethics Advisory Committee of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (2017-); member of The National Committee for Human Medical Research of Israel in the Ministry of Health (2008-); member of The Israeli Council for Animal Experimentation in the Ministry of health (2004-2011, 2017-2019); and former chair of the Ethics Committee for Non-Medical Human Research in the Faculties of Medicine, Dental Medicine, and the Natural Sciences at The Hebrew University (2005-2011, 2014-2016), where he is currently also a member (2016-).

Books and Special Issues:

Esther Cohen, Leona Toker, Manuela Consonni, Otniel E. Dror (eds.) Knowledge and Pain (Brill 2012).

Otniel E. Dror, Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, and Pilar Léon-Sanz (eds.), History of Science and the Emotions Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Articles and Book Chapters

Otniel E. Dror, “Creating the Emotional Body: Confusion, Possibilities, and Knowledge,” in Peter N. Stearns, Jan Lewis (eds.), An Emotional History of the United States (New York: New York University Press, 1998), 173-194.

Otniel E. Dror, “The Affect of Experiment: The Turn to Emotions in Anglo-American Physiology, 1900-1940,” Isis 90 (June 1999): 205-237.

Reprinted in: Kultur im Experiment (Kadmos-Verlag Berlin).

Otniel E. Dror, “The Scientific Image of Emotion: Experience and Technologies of Inscription,” Configurations 7 (September 1999): 355-401.

Otniel E. Dror, “Counting the Affects: Discoursing in Numbers,” Social Research 68 (Summer 2001): 357-378.

Otniel E. Dror, “Techniques of the Brain and the Paradox of Emotions, 1880-1930,” Science in Context 14 (Winter 2001): 643-660.

Otniel E. Dror, “Anatomy and Physiology: Twentieth Century,” in Brian S. Baigrie (ed.), History of Modern Science and Mathematics Volume I (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2002), pp. 213-227.

Otniel E. Dror, “Deceiving Bodies: Metaphor, Knowledge, and Nerves,” in Celine Kaiser, Marie-Luise Wunsche (eds.), Die “Nervositat der Juden” und andere Leiden an der Zivilisation (Munchen & Wien: Ferdinand Schoningh, 2003), pp. 57-74.

Otniel E. Dror, “‘Voodoo Death’: Fantasy, Excitement, and the Untenable Boundaries of Biomedical Science,” in Robert D. Johnston (ed.), The Politics of Healing: Essays in the Twentieth-century History of North American Alternative Medicine (New York and London: Routledge 2004), pp. 71-81, 328-331.

Otniel E. Dror, “Is the Mind a Scientific Object of Study?: Lessons from History,” in Christina E. Erneling, David M. Johnson (eds.), The Mind as a Scientific Object: Between Brain and Culture (Oxford University Press 2004), pp. 101-117.

Otniel E. Dror, “Dangerous Liaisons: Science, Amusement, and the Civilizing Process,” in Penelope Gouk, Helen Hills (eds.), Representing Emotions: New Connections in the Histories of Art, Music and Medicine (Ashgate 2005), pp. 223-234.

Otniel E. Dror, “Fear and Loathing in the Laboratory and Clinic,” in Fay Bound Alberti (ed.), Medicine, Emotions and Disease, 1700-1950 (New York: Palgrave, 2006), pp. 125-143.

Otniel E. Dror, “The Emotion in the Machine” in Ernst Müller, Falko Schmieder (Hg.), Begriffsgeschichte der Naturwissenschaften. Die historische Dimension naturwissenschaftlicher Konzepte (Verlag Walter deGruyter Berlin, New York, 2008).

Otniel E. Dror, “A Reflection on Feelings and the History of Science,” Isis 100 (December 2009): 848-851.

Otniel E. Dror, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, “The Importance of Being Ernest: Genome Wide Association Studies,” AAAAI News (Spring 2010): 7; 12.

Otniel E. Dror, “Seeing the Blush: Feeling Emotions,” in Lorraine Daston, Elizabeth Lunbeck (eds.), Histories of Scientific Observation (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010), pp. 326-348.

Otniel E. Dror, “De-medicalizing the Medical Humanities,” The European Legacy 16 (2011): 317-326.

Otniel E. Dror, “Visceral Pleasures and Pains,” in Esther Cohen, Leona Toker, Manuela Consonni, Otniel E. Dror (eds.), Knowledge and Pain (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2012), pp. 147-167.

Otniel E. Dror, “From Primitive Fear to Civilized Stress: Sudden Unexpected Death,” in David Cantor and Edmund Ramsden (eds.), Stress, Shock and Adaptation in the Twentieth Century (Rochester, NY: Rochester University Press), pp. 96-118.

Otniel E. Dror, “What is an Excitement?” in Frank Biess and Daniel Gross (eds.), Science and Emotions after 1945: A Transatlantic Perspective (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), pp. 121-138.

Otniel E. Dror, “The Cannon-Bard Thalamic Theory of Emotions: A Brief Genealogy and Reappraisal,” Emotion Review 6 (January 2014): 13-20.

Otniel E. Dror, “Deconstructing the ‘Two Factors’: The Historical Origins of the Schachter-Singer Theory of Emotions,” Emotion Review 9 (2016): 7-16.

Otniel E. Dror, Bettina Hitzer, Anja Laukötter, and Pilar Léon-Sanz, “An Introduction to History of Science and the Emotions,” Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), pp. 1-18.

Otniel E. Dror, “Cold War ‘Super-pleasure’: Insatiability, Self-Stimulation, and the Postwar Brain,” Osiris, Vol. 31 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016), pp. 227-249.

Otniel E. Dror, “Emotionen und der physiologische Körper,” in Alexa Geisthövel &Bettina Hitzer (eds.), Auf der Suche nach einer anderen Medizin. Psychosomatik im 20. Jahrhundert, Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2019, pp. 74-88.

Link (full CV):

https://medicine.ekmd.huji.ac.il/En/Publications/ResearchersPages/pages/otnield.aspx