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Angela Hawk, Ph.D. is a historian of Pacific and Asian American Studies. She recently defended her doctorate at UC Irvine entitled, “Madness, Mining, and Migration in the Pacific World, 1848-1900.” Her dissertation examines the comparative history of insanity and institutions in the major nineteenth-century Pacific gold rush regions of California, Australia and British Columbia. Recognizing the role of migration in shaping patient demographics and institutional practices in these regions, she uses mobility as an optic for tracing migrant patient populations, contextualizing their encounters with various local, state, and national institutions, and providing insight into the broader global developments that shaped the emerging field of psychiatry.