Historian telling the story of America’s Civil War-era opioid crisis

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I’m a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, broadly trained but with particular research and teaching interests in the Civil War era, gender history, and the history of medicine. My scholarly home is Binghamton University, where I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of History. In 2020-21, I’ll be the inaugural Postdoctoral Scholar in Civil War History at Penn State’s George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, where I’ll focus on preparing my first book manuscript for publication. After Penn State, I’ll be joining the Department of History at the Virginia Military Institute as an Assistant Professor starting in August 2021.

My current scholarship investigates opiate addiction among veterans of the Civil War in the late nineteenth-century U.S.—America’s original opioid crisis. Entitled “‘A Mind Prostrate:’ Opiate Addiction in the Civil War’s Aftermath,” my dissertation manuscript uncovers the traumatic lived experience and great personal toll of opiate addiction for veterans and their families, as well as the radical efforts of Gilded-Age physicians’ and the state  to stem the tide of the addiction crisis. My research illuminates the U.S.’s long, but forgotten, history of opioid crises. I’ll defend my dissertation in May 2020. In the meantime, you can read more about my research and access publications derived from my manuscript here. Recorded media appearances and public talks are available  here.

Alongside my scholarship, I’m deeply committed to dynamic, student-centered teaching. My teaching agenda includes a diverse range of topics in the histories of the U.S., medicine and science, gender, as well as “history communication” and teacher preparation. In my nine-year teaching career, I’ve been fortunate enough to teach graduate, undergraduate, high school, and adult education students. You can read about my background in teaching and my teaching approaches and goals here.

Want to chat about my scholarship or teaching? I’d love to hear from you! Contact me here.