History of Medicine
History of Medicine, History of Science, United States History, Legal History, History of Alcohol and Drugs

My research focuses on how medical and other social actors cooperated to problematize intoxication, construct concepts of addiction, and inspire temperance movements that terminated in Prohibition and continue to underpin a disastrous global War on Drugs. I am especially interested in understanding these developments by contextualizing them within transatlantic and global circulations of people and knowledge taking place since the early modern period.

I am also interested in the history of surgery, especially at the University of Minnesota, the site of numerous surgical innovations and advancements during the twentieth century.