Nese L. Devenot

Andrew Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow
In Digital Humanities, Humanities

Nese Devenot has research and teaching interests in British Romantic literature, medical humanities, and environmental studies, using digital humanities research tools. She has pursued research in psychedelic philosophy, the literary history of chemical self-experimentation, and radical poetics. At Puget Sound she is part of a team developing tools and material for a digital humanities website that will serve faculty and students in research, teaching, and learning. She has collaborated on clinical research with the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Project and received a 2015-16 research fellowship to work with the New York Public Library's Timothy Leary Papers. In her research at University of Pennsylvania as an Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Fellow, she worked on the project "'Innumerable Fine Shades': Psychedelics and Synesthesia in the Literary Self-Experiments of Aldous Huxley." Devenot is a founder of the Psychedemia interdisciplinary psychedelics conference, and former editor of the column “This Week in Psychedelics,” which reported on psychedelic news in the media on the Reality Sandwich website. In 2017 she was part of a team that published "Cancer at the Dinner Table: Experiences of Psilocybin-Assisted Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Cancer-Related Distress" in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. Devenot is currently working on a book project titled Chemical Poetics: The Literary History of Psychedelic Science.


BA, Bard College, 2009; MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2010, 2015

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