Curriculum Vitae


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2017 PhD, History, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2012 MA, History, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2007 BA, History, University of Mary Washington



“Changing the Debate: A Twentieth-Century History of People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Genetic Counseling,” Oregon Historical Quarterly 117, no. 2 (2016): 134–65, doi:10.5403/oregonhistq.117.2.0134.

Book Reviews

“Adam Cohen, Imbeciles: The Supreme Court, American Eugenics, and the Sterilization of Carrie Buck,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 52, no. 4 (2016): 420–22.

“Alexandra Stern, Telling Genes: The Story of Genetic Counseling in America,” Social History of Medicine 27, no. 1 (February 1, 2014): 180–182, doi:10.1093/shm/hkt086.

Other Publications

Co-founder, regular author, and technical editor/web developer, Nursing Clio, 2012-present

Adam Turner, “American Association for the History of Medicine 2013 Annual Meeting Conference Report,” Genmedhist Newsletter (Forthcoming).

With Stephen Ramsay, “Hacking Institutions: Interdisciplinary Centers and Spaces,” in Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities, ed. Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, Digital Humanities (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013), 150–153,

Awards and Fellowships

2016 Richard Maxwell Brown Award, University of Oregon

2014 Bordin/Gillette Researcher Travel Fellowship, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

2014 Summer Research Award, Department of History, University of Oregon.

2013 Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) Travel Grant

2012 Travel Fellowship in the History of the Academic Health Center & Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013.

2012 Summer Research Funding, Department of History, University of Oregon, Summer 2012.

Conference Participation

Papers Presented

2016 “Genetic Counselors and Parent Advocates on Abortion and Disability, 1950-1990,” International Workshop: The Establishment of Genetic Counseling in the Second Half of the 20th Century, Institute of the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine, Charité, Berlin, Germany, February 2-3, 2016.

2016 “The ‘Promise’ of Prevention: Motherhood, Cognitive Disability, and Genetics,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, January 7-10, 2016.

2015 “The Question of Prevention: Genetics, Disability, and Abortion 1960-1980,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 19-22, 2015.

2015 “Genetic Decisions: Down syndrome, Genetics, and Childbearing in Oregon and the United States, 1950-1980,” Oregon Historical Society Symposium: Regulating Birth in Oregon, Portland, OR, November 17, 2015.

2014 “Genetics in the Womb: Genetic Medicine, Prenatal Testing, and Genetic Counseling in Postwar America,” American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch, Portland, OR, August 14-16, 2014.

2014 “‘Will My Baby Be Normal?’: Genetic Counseling and Reproduction in the United States,” Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Toronto, CA, May 22-25, 2014.

2013 “The Genetic Counselling Profession and the Concept of Imperfection in Twentieth-century America,” Imperfect Children Conference, Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leicester, UK, September 6-7, 2013.

2013 “Making Healthy Babies: Disability in the History of Genetic Counseling,” Joint Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, University of Victoria, CA, June 1-3, 2013.

2013 “Expecting ‘Normal’ Babies: Genetic Counseling, Reproduction, and Disability in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, May 16-19, 2013.

2012 “‘Will My Baby Be Normal?’: Parents, Caregivers, and the History of Genetic Counseling in the United States,” Medical Humanities Conference, Western Michigan University, September 27-28, 2012.

2011 “Framing Normal Families: Marriage, Gender, and Reproduction in Family Life Films in the United States, 1940-1960,” History Graduate Student Conference, University of Oregon, May 20, 2011.

Roundtable Participation

2014 “Omeka for Medical History: Digital Collections, Research, and Public Interaction.” Part of “Medical History in Other Venues: Theater, Festivals, Blogs, Digital Games, and More,” American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, May 8-11, 2014.

2014 “Beyond the Dissertation: The Politics and Practicality of Doing Public History in Grad School,” Western Association of Women Historians Annual Conference, Pomona, California, May 1-3, 2014.

Teaching Experience

Sole Instructor, University of Oregon

2014 History of Women in the United States to 1870, Summer 2014
2014 American Radicalism in Film, Spring 2014
2013 African-American History to 1877, Summer 2013

Co-Teaching, University of Oregon

2016 Medical Humanities, Winter 2016

Discussion, University of Oregon, Graduate Teaching Fellow (TA)

2016 World History I: 1400-1800, Winter 2017
2016 United States History III: 20th Century, Spring 2016
2014 African-American History to 1877, Fall 2014
2014 African-American History to 1877, Winter 2014
2013 African-American History II, Spring 2013
2012 United States I: Pre-19th Century, Fall 2012
2012 World History III: Modern, Spring 2012
2012 Western Civilization II: Early Modern, Winter 2012
2011 United States III: 20th Century, Spring 2011
2010 African-American History, Fall 2010

Grading, University of Oregon, GTF (TA)

2015 History of Women in the US I, Fall 2015
2015 War in the Modern World II, Spring 2015
2015 The United States in the 1960s, Winter 2015
2014 American Radicalism II: 20th Century, Spring 2014
2013 The United States in the 1960s, Winter 2013
2011 War in the Modern World I, Fall
2011 History of Women in the US II, Winter

Student Teaching, Virginia

2007 Grade 11, US/VA History, January 2007–May 2007


2014 Coordinator, Disability Studies Research Interest Group, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, 2014-2016.

2011 Co-President, University of Oregon History Guild, Department of History, 2011-2012

Related Professional Skills

Experienced in web development techniques, standards, and design. Skilled with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.

Experienced in the use of the WordPress and Omeka publishing platforms.

Research Experience

2009 Research Associate, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, 2009-2011

2009 Research Assistant, Virginia Studies Project. Center for History and New Media, GMU; Virginia Department of Education (Richmond, VA); Prince William County Public Schools (VA), April 2009-October 2009

2007 Project Associate, Teaching American History Grant Program. Center for History and New Media, George Mason University (Fairfax, VA); Loudoun County Public Schools (Ashburn, VA); Montgomery County Public Schools (Rockville, MD), 2007-2010