University of Wisconsin–Madison

Biography

Since reading the diary of woman who died of tuberculosis in late nineteenth-century Vermont for an undergraduate work study job I have been interested in the intersection of infectious disease and gender in American history. I have continued to explore these issues in my dissertation, which looks at how American mothers prevented and treated infectious diseases in the home in the twentieth century, focusing on scarlet fever, tuberculosis, polio, rheumatic fever, and otitis (ear infections). In it, I investigate the continuation of lay knowledge, public understanding of germ theory, the impact of medical technology on domestic medicine, and challenge the claim that domestic medicine declined in the twentieth century. I am also a graduate student associate with the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (http://che.nelson.wisc.edu) and the Mentorship Coordinator for the History of Science Society’s Graduate and Early Career Caucus (http://hssgecc.wordpress.com). Currently, I am finishing my dissertation while enjoying a view of the Wasatch Mountain Range in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Prelim Fields: History of Public Health in America (advisor: Judith Walzer Leavitt); Environmental History and History of Ecology (advisor: Gregg Mitman); History of Women’s Health in America (advisor: Judith Houck)

Education

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

Working Dissertation Title

  • Working title: From the Cradle to the Grave: Infectious Disease in the Twentieth-Century American Home. Advisors: Judith Walzer Leavitt and Susan Lederer

MA Title

  • ‘Every Home Safe’: Tuberculosis in Madison, WI 1908-1950. Advisor: Judith Walzer Leavitt. (completed 2006)