Grace Chen

Grace Chen

Class of 2015, America Field
Research Assistant, Division of Women's Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Grace Chen

Thesis Title: Ambiguous Authenticity and Culinary Connection: Joyce Chen's Chinese Cuisine in Cambridge, Massachussetts, 1949-1982

What Now: Research Assistant, Division of Women's Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital 

What Next: Likely applying to medical school soon 

Hist & Lit provided me with an intellectual community within which I immersed myself at Harvard. I came to college interested in medicine but with a love of literature and the humanities; I am so grateful that Hist & Lit enabled--and encouraged--me to pursue both interests. Since graduating, I've worked as a Research Assistant in the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital. While my work has varied in its scope and nature, I read and write often--two skills I certainly developed in Hist & Lit. But I most appreciate the concentration for its focus on understanding the human condition through distinct but overlapping narratives and lenses. This philosophical commitment and its accompanying methods have served me well as I've interviewed patients this year (an experience not wholly distinct from conducting oral histories for my senior thesis). I hope to bring the ethos of Hist&Lit--this commitment to individual narratives--to a career in medicine.