Bridget D. Collins


Advisor: Susan E. Lederer
Curriculum Vitae (pdf) | Website


My dissertation focuses on the prevention and treatment of infectious disease that occurred in American homes in the first half of the twentieth century, especially by women as part of their housekeeping and mothering roles.

In addition to writing my dissertation, I also work full time for the Dewey Graduate Library at the University at Albany in Albany, New York.


M.A., History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006
M.A., American History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 2000
B.A., History, University of Vermont, 1998


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

MA Title

  • “Housekeeping a Cure: The Tuberculous Sickroom in America, 1900-1950”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “From the Cradle to the Grave: Infectious Disease in the Twentieth Century American Home”

Selected Awards

  • University of Wisconsin Chancellor’s Fellowship
  • Robert F. & Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies Travel Grant
  • Graduate Student Collaborative Travel Grant
  • Maurice L. Richardson Fellowship
  • Charles Donald O’Malley Fellowship for Research in the History of Medicine and Allied Fields at UCLA
  • John Neu Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Wide Teaching Assistant Award (Early Excellence in Teaching)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Wide Teaching Assistant Award (Capstone)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • History of Science Society
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • Worldwide Universities Network
  • Nelson Institute’s Culture, History, and Environment