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 and Gilded Age, gender history, and the history of medicine. My scholarly home is Binghamton University, where I’m a PhD candidate and instructor in the Department of History, and Public Humanities Graduate Assistant for Binghamton’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities.

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 personal costs of opiate addiction for veterans and their families, as well as Gilded-Age physicians’ radical efforts to stem the tide of the addiction crisis. My work also illuminates the U.S.’s long, but previously unknown, history of opioid crises. I’ll defend my dissertation in May 2020. In the meantime, you can read more about my research and access several publications derived from my manuscript here.

Alongside my scholarship, I’m deeply committed to high quality, student-centered teaching. My teaching agenda includes a diverse range of topics in the histories of the United States, medicine and science, gender, and the Atlantic World, as well as “history communication” and K-12 teacher preparation. In my eight-year teaching career, I’ve taught in universities, high schools, and museums. You can read about my background in teaching and my teaching approaches and goals here, and access recordings of selected public talks here.

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