Fields of Interest:
My research falls into several areas: the history of U.S. and international public health; the history of U.S. health policy and politics; the American health left and its role in both domestic and international health policy; and the history of psychosomatic medicine, “stress” research, and biopsychosocial approaches to clinical practice. I am a Contributing Editor (History) of the American Journal of Public Health and Editor of Rochester Studies in Medical History, a book series of the University of Rochester Press. I co-edited and substantially co-authored Making Medical History: The Life and Times of Henry E. Sigerist (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) and, with Anne-Emanuelle Birn, recently published an edited collection of essays, Comrades in Health: American Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (Rutgers University Press, 2013). I am also a co-author of The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History, a history of health reform in the United States as seen in political cartoons, which was published by the American Public Health Association in the fall of 2012, and I am currently working on a number of projects including a coauthored history of the World Health Organization.
I offer the following fields for the PhD qualifying examination. For explanations of fields, see the "Graduate Overview" page in the Graduate Handbook.
I will be accepting students for admission in Fall 2015.
- HIS 202: Health, Medicine, and Social Reform
- HIS 203: Changing Concepts of Health and Illness
- HIS 204: History of International and Global Health
- HIS 373W/473: Politics and Policies in the U.S. Health Care System
- PH 116: Introduction to the U.S. Health System