I am a PhD candidate and a graduate teaching fellow in the Department of History at the University of Oregon. My primary research focuses on US medical, gender, and disability history in the 20th century. My work and interests also intersect with digital humanities, public history, and history education.
I am also a co-founder, the technical editor/web developer, and a regular contributor to Nursing Clio, a fabulous co-authored blog that explores the links between historical scholarship and present-day political, social, and cultural issues relating to gender and medicine. (You should check it out.)
My dissertation explores the history of genetic counseling and human genetics in the United States between roughly 1930 and the 1980s. It looks particularly at the interactions — between clients, counselors, geneticists, and physicians — and multiple perspectives on difference, disease, and disability that shaped the field and at the same time influenced ideas about reproduction, responsibility, and the line between difference and disorder.
Prior to joining the University of Oregon I was a research associate at the Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University.
More About Me
I completed my MA in history at the University of Oregon in 2012, and my undergraduate education was in history and secondary education in history and the social sciences at the (incomparable) University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. You can visit my CV for more details. My combined interests in history, education, and digital humanities spring from my experiences as an undergraduate and from my experience, for the three years in between my undergraduate and graduate work, at the Center for History and New Media, at George Mason University, where I worked in education and new media on two Teaching American History grants and other projects.