Doctoral Students and Alumni

Dave Johns, who came to the Center as an accomplished journalist, is completing his dissertation on the role evidence and politics in public policy.

Kathleen Bachynski, a James Harden Scholar, is completing her dissertation on traumatic brain injury in school-based contact sports.

Elisa Gonzalez, a winner of a Ford Foundation fellowship, is finishing her dissertation in Puerto Rico. 

Matt Kelly is completing dissertation on the history of AIDS and dissident movements.

James Harden, former CEO of a Catholic Hospital system, is completing his dissertation on the demise of faith-based health care in the US.

Caitlin McMahon, a James Harden Scholar, a second year doctoral student, will be beginning her dissertation work on the history of consumer rights in the US.

Desiree Abu-Odeh, a second year doctoral student, holds a Gender and Sexuality Training Fellowship.

Ijeoma Eboh, a second year doctoral student interested in asthma, was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship.

Laura Bothwell (PhD 2014). Laura, a recipient of a pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health Office of History, has conducted postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School and Oxford University. She is completing a book on the social, political, and ethical dimensions of the history of randomized controlled trials. Her work in this area appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2016.

Nick Turse (PhD 2006). Nick has been a recipient of recipient of the Guggeneheim Fellowship. In addition, his work on war atrocities in Vietnam was recognized with the Ridenhour and James Aronson Awards for outstanding journalism. His book includes Kill Anything that Moves: the Real American War in Vietnam and The Complex: How the Military Invades our Everyday Lives.

Claire Edington (PhD 2013). Claire, a James Harden Scholar who completed a postdoc at Harvard, is an assistant professor at UC San Diego. Her work examines that history of the asylum in French-colonial Vietnam.

Marian Moser Jones (PhD 2008). Marian is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Johns Hopkins (2012) published her first book, The American Red Cross, from Clara Barton to the New Deal. New research on the history of homelessness in America appeared in the American Journal of Public Health in 2015.

Mike Yudell (PhD 2004). Mike is tenured faculty member at the Drexel School of Public Health. He has worked extensively on issues of the human genome and race in America. His books include Race Matters: A 20th Century Struggle to define Human Difference.

Sarah Vogel (PhD 2008). Sarah’s book on BPA, The Politics of Plastics, lead her to a position as a Program Director at the Environmental Defense Fund where she works to reduce toxic exposures.

Alison Bateman-House (PhD 2014). A postdoc in ethics at NYU Medical Center, she is completing a book manuscript on the history of medical research amongst conscientious objectors during World War II.

Ava Alkon (PhD 2012). Currently working at the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Ava’s dissertation research focused on history of the Health Research Group, a health advocacy organization associated with Public Citizen.

Megan Wolfe (PhD 2011). Working at Cornell-Weill Medical Center, Megan’s dissertation focused on life insurance and the history of conceptualizing risk.