Eli Anders received his AB in Social Studies from Harvard College. His dissertation explores convalescent homes and practices of convalescence in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. He is interested in the history of public health, state knowledge-making practices, and the relationship between social knowledge, urban spaces, and health.
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.
Emily received her BA in History from the University of Arizona in 2015. Her past research has included a study of patients’ literary work in the New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica during the mid-nineteenth century. Her research interests include the history of health and medicine in early America, with a focus on patents’ perspectives and gender.
Julia Cummiskey graduated from Carleton College with a BA in History and earned an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. Her professional experience includes school programs at the New-York Historical Society, public health epidemiology at the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and program management at the Montefiore School Health Program in the Bronx, NY. Her dissertation will examine the history of virus research at the Virus Research Institute in Entebbe, Uganda. Her research interests include the history of international public health, virology, and infectious diseases. She received a Fulbright Fellowship and a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the SSRC in 2013 to support her dissertation research.
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.
Penelope holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) from the United States Naval Academy and an MA in History from the University of North Florida. Her master's thesis examined contemporary British perception of the American Civil War as total and modern war. Her dissertation explores the historical intersection of technology and the ocean sciences, and specifically the role of research vessels and the cultures and practices surrounding their use from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. She is also interested in environmental history, naval and maritime technologies more broadly, and the history of science fiction. She received the American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science for 2015 and is currently a Baird Society Resident Scholar at the Smithsonian Libraries, in Washington, DC.
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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.
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 research interests include the history of public health in East Africa, history of international and global public health, and the history of disease. Her recent work has focused on the history of biomedical science and technology in global public health and disease control. This includes her dissertation, which examines the history of insecticide-treated bed nets in Africa. She is a Haas Dissertation Fellow at the Beckman Center of the Chemical Heritage Foundation for 2016-17.
Heidi 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, and biomedicine in the global south more generally.
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.
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 received an AB in Religion from Princeton University and an MTS in History of Christianity from Harvard Divinity School, and has previously worked as a research fellow at the Center for Talent Innovation. Her research interests include the early modern history of leprosy and skin disease.