Joanna holds an AB in Physics from Harvard University and an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Her past research has included the study of undergraduate physics teaching at Radcliffe College and a survey of early twentieth-century physics textbooks directed to home economics students. She is interested more broadly in the history of modern physics, including narratives of science, scientific pedagogy, and times of paradigm crisis.
Kristin received a BA in history in 2015 as well as an MA in history in 2017 from the College of Charleston. Her master’s thesis explored how smallpox vaccination affected the relationship between the nineteenth-century Cape Colony’s government and medical community at local, national, and global levels. Her current interests concern the broader connections between public health and the British imperial medical community in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Emily received her BA in History from the University of Arizona in 2015. Her past research has included a study of literary publications by patients of the New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica during the 1850s. Her current research explores women's domestic healing work and popular print in Early America, with a focus on concepts of the body, cleanliness, and deviant sexuality. She is broadly interested in issues of gender, class, and race, particularly in relation to popular culture, print, vernacular medicine, and bodily spectacle.
James received an MA in International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney. His master's thesis examined medical records in the Imperial Palace of Qing China. He was trained as a clinician of Chinese Medicine, which he taught at the University of Western Sydney. His current research includes the history of medicine in Choson Korea and Qing China.
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Brian Po-Huei Hsieh received his MA in history from National Taiwan Normal University. His thesis, "Wang Shuhe Maijue (The Pulse-diagnostic Song of Wang Shuhe王叔和脈訣) Controversy and the Construction of Scholarly Medical Knowledge in Late Imperial China," won the Asian Society for the History of Medicine's 2012 Taniguchi Medal. His dissertation examines the Sino-European communication of medicine during the Renaissance and Enlightenment. He is interested in the history of science, history of books, and STS.
Maya Koretzky received her BA from Cornell University in 2013. Her undergraduate work focused on the cultural and intellectual history of late 19th and early 20th century Russia with a particular emphasis on the history of neurobiology. Before coming to Hopkins she served as a fellow in the department of bioethics at the National Institutes of Health where she worked on questions related to racial difference, genetics, and organ transplantation in 20th century America. At Hopkins, Maya is pursing an MD/PhD dual degree. Clinically, she hopes to specialize in the treatment of infectious disease. She continues to be interested in both 19th century Russia and late 20th century American history, and is developing a new interest in the history of epidemiology and public health. She is currently working on an oral history project documenting the experiences of individuals who were medical residents at the height of the HIV epidemic in 1980s America.
Yixian holds an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, a certificate in International Affairs and Multilateral Governance from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a BA in Sci-tech Policy and Communication from the University of Science and Technology of China. She is interested in the history of technology and techno-cities in modern East Asia.
Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in history of science and technology from the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation, "Space Travel at 1G: Space Tourism in Cold War America," explores the history of family vacations to space sites such as Cape Canaveral and Space Camp. She is interested in the ways in which Americans made personal meaning from space exploration as tourists and proprietors of space-themed attractions. Emily plans to pursue a curatorial career and has interned at the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon in Dresden, Germany.
Kirsten Moore-Sheeley holds a BA from Chapman University in History and Screenwriting and a Certificate in Global Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her dissertation, “Nothing but Nets: The History of Insecticide-Treated Nets in Africa, 1980s-Present,” examines how and why insecticide-treated bed nets became a cornerstone of malaria control in the 21st century, as well as the role of African scientists, health workers, health officials, and populations played in the construction of this biomedical, global health technology. More generally, her interests include the history of public health in East Africa, the history of international and global public health, the history of disease, and the history of biomedical science and technology. She has published her research in Social History of Medicine and the online history of medicine blog, REMEDIA. Her work has been supported by the Beckman Center of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Heidi’s dissertation, “Developing to Scale: Appropriate Technology and the Making of Global Health,” brings together the histories of technology, medicine, public health, and capitalism to explore the appropriate technology movement in transnational American foreign aid and its impacts in southern Africa. She holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and an MSc in Global Health and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting graduate work at Hopkins, she worked as a Project Manager for a USAID contractor in the DR Congo and Ghana. Her research interests include the production, circulation, and consumption of pharmaceuticals in a global health context, drug shortages, surgery and biomedicine in the global south, and the politics and practice of development. Heidi’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Ford Presidential Foundation, and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, among others. In 2017, she was a Michael E. DeBakey Fellow in the History of Medicine at the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health. She is a Graduate Fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine for 2017-18.
Ayah received her BA in International Studies (International Peace and Conflict Resolution) and History from American University in 2009. She received a dual Masters in History and Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014. Her Masters’ thesis, “Race, Sexuality, and the ‘Progressive Physician’: African American Doctors, Eugenics, and Public Health, 1900-1940,” examined the ways in which African American doctors and scientists interpreted and deployed eugenic thought within the context of racial uplift ideology. Her research interests include eugenics, birth control, disability, scientific racism, and public health.
Alex received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of Oklahoma Literary and Cultural Studies program. His M.A. thesis discussed the relationships between cell theory, germ theory, motherhood, and nineteenth-century American domestic handbooks using the theory of the normal and the pathological from the French philosopher Georges Canguilhem. His current research explores how domestic handbook writers and early-twentieth-century domestic economy programs used cell theory, bacteriology, and other contemporary biological concepts to legitimize and to advance prescriptive social reforms for the proper administration of American households. His other interests include natural history, taxonomy, gender studies, and domestic medicine.
Jonathan received a BA in History from Portland State University and an MA from the University of Chicago. His master’s thesis explored Julian Huxley’s “evolutionary humanism,” a new, secular religion which was intended to produce social reform through a process of directed cultural and biological evolution. His research interests revolve around the history of modern biology, especially social and political applications of evolutionary theory.
Emilie received a BA in History and American Studies from the College of William and Mary and an MA from the University of Chicago. Her master’s thesis used Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class to examine the integration of economics and Darwinian evolutionary theory in the late nineteenth century. She is interested in the history of biology, especially evolutionary biology, the development of social scientific disciplines, higher education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and American intellectual and cultural history. She worked for the National Academy of Sciences before she started graduate work at Johns Hopkins.
Sam received his BS in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, and has completed three years of his MD program at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Upon completion of a PhD in the History of Medicine, he will finish his medical degree. Sam plans to pursue a career as a clinician, historian, and policy advocate. His research more generally focuses on the historical intersections among psychiatry, law, political economy, and the carceral state. Sam’s dissertation will focus on the history of twentieth century North American psychiatric jurisprudence and the formation of medicolegal categories for personality disorders. He is ultimately interested in how these changing diagnoses have shaped mentally ill offenders’ trajectories between psychiatric care and the prison system.
Anna Weerasinghe received an AB in Religion from Princeton University and an MTS in History of Christianity from Harvard Divinity School. Her master's research examined the use of pricking the skin as a diagnostic test in late medieval and early modern witch and leprosy trials. Prior to beginning graduate studies at Hopkins, she worked as a research fellow at the Center for Talent Innovation. Her research interests include early modern legal medicine and gender in Portuguese South Asia, and the interface between religion, medicine, and law in the early modern Iberian world more broadly.