Dominique TobbellAssistant Professor Medical School 612-626-5114 Website
Oral history, history of pharmaceuticals, health care policy, academic medicine, medical technology, biomedical sciences, business history
I am a historian of 20th century medicine and biomedical science, technology, and business with a particular interest in the history of pharmaceuticals, health policy, and academic medicine. I received my B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Manchester in 2001 and my M.A. and Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. My first book, Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and its Consequences (University of California Press/Milbank Series on Health and the Public, 2012) describes how the American drug industry and key sectors of the medical profession came to be allies against federal reform, and details the political strategies used by that pharmaceutical-medical alliance to influence public opinion and shape legislative reform and the regulatory environment of prescription drugs after World War II. My second book project, Delivering Care, Governing Health: Academic Health Centers and the States Since World War II, is a comparative history of the development and administration of state-funded AHCs in which I document the intersections of the education, training, clinical care, and research functions of state-funded AHCs with state health care policy. At its core, this book will be about state health care policy—about how scarce health care resources are allocated on a local level. My other work has focused on the role of academic and government researchers, biotechnology companies, and disease-based organizations in the development of drugs to treat rare diseases, so-called orphan drugs. I am also interested in post-war developments in academic medicine and in health policy, and am the oral historian for the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center History Project. In addition to my academic interests, I train, coach, and compete in judo at Midway Judo Club and hold the rank of sandan (third-degree black belt).
McKnight Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnnesota, 2012-2014.
Stanley Jackson Prize, 2011. Awarded for “Who’s Winning the Human Race?” Cold War as Pharmaceutical Political Strategy,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (2009) 64(4): 429-473.
Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and its Consequences (University of California Press/Milbank Series on Health and the Public, 2012).
“Pharmaceutical Politics and Regulatory Reform in Post-War America,” in Julian Zelizer and Kimberly Philips-Fein (eds.), What’s Good for Business: Business and Politics Since World War II (Oxford University Press, 2012).
“‘Eroding the Physician’s Control Over Therapy’: The Post-War Politics of the Prescription,” in Elizabeth Watkins and Jeremy Greene (eds.) Prescribed: Writing, Filling, Using, and Abusing the Prescription in Modern America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).
“Bioequivalence: The Regulatory Career of a Pharmaceutical Concept,” with Daniel P. Carpenter, Bulletin of the History of Medicine (2011) 85(1): 93-131.
“Who’s Winning the Human Race?” Cold War as Pharmaceutical Political Strategy,” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (2009) 64(4): 429-473.
“Charitable Innovations: The Political Economy of Thalassemia Research and Drug Development in the United States, 1960-2000,” in Judy Slinn and Vivianne Quirke, eds, Perspectives on Twentieth Century Pharmaceuticals (Peter Lang AG) (Forthcoming, Fall 2009).
Television interview about the history of end-of-life care for TPT’s Honoring Choices documentary
Radio interview about the history of vaccinations with Jim du Bois for Access Minnesota