History of 20thcentury U.S. medicine, nursing, pharmaceuticals, health care policy, business history, oral history
As a medical historian, my scholarship explains the political, economic, and social relationships that developed among academic institutions, governments, and the healthcare industry in the decades after World War II, and assesses the implications of those relationships for the current healthcare system. 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, (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, (Minneapolis: Tasora Books, 2015) details the history of health informatics at the University of Minnesota in the context of the history of the field and changes in health policy from the late 1950s through 2015. I am currently working on a book,Dr. Nurse: Knowledge, Politics, and the Making of the Academic Nurse, which examines the development of nursing doctoral education in the U.S. in the context of nursing workforce concerns and regional planning efforts after World War II. 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 the health professions and in health policy, and I am the oral historian for the University of Minnesota’s .
M. Adelaide Nutting Award, 2015. American Association for the History of Nursing. Awarded for “Nursing’s Boundary Work: Theory Development and the Making of Nursing Science, 1950-1980.” Nursing Research(2018) 67(2): 63-73.
M. Adelaide Nutting Award, 2015. American Association for the History of Nursing. Awarded for “‘Coming to Grips with the Nursing Question’: The Politics of Nursing Education Reform in 1960s’ America.” Nursing History Review(2014) 22: 37-60.
Karen Buhler-Wilkerson Fellowship, Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, 2015
McKnight Land Grant Professorship, University of Minnnesota, 2012-2014.
J. Worth Estes Prize, 2013. Awarded for ““Bioequivalence: The Regulatory Career of a Pharmaceutical Concept.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine(2011) 85(1): 93-131 (with Daniel P. Carpenter).
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.
Health Informatics at Minnesota: The First Fifty Years (Minneapolis: Tasora Books, 2015).
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).
“Nursing’s Boundary Work: Theory Development and the Making of Nursing Science, 1950-1980.” Nursing Research(2018) 67(2): 63-73.
“Clinical Pharmacy: An Example of Interprofessional Education in the Late 1960s and 1970s.” Nursing History Review(2016) 24: 98-102.
“‘Coming to Grips with the Nursing Question’: The Politics of Nursing Education Reform in 1960s’ America.” Nursing History Review(2014) 22: 37-60.
“Plow, Town, and Gown: The Politics of Family Practice in 1960s’ America.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine(2013) 87(4): 648-680.