I’m an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington. I received my PhD in Government from Cornell University. My research deals with public health, public policy, and institutional development. I am currently engaged in a series of projects dealing with health policy, the politics of the COVID-19 pandemic, disaster response and recovery, and the opioid epidemic. (CV)
My work on the role of non-governmental entities in responding to disasters has been funded by the National Science Foundation. This project, a collaboration with Herschel F. Thomas, involves extensive field research in areas impacted by natural disasters, as well as empirical analysis of survey data and indicators of social vulnerability and the economic consequences of disaster. Our article “From Disaster Response to Community Recovery” was published in the American Journal of Public Health.
My book, Health Divided: Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American State, offers a reinterpretation of the foundations of American health policy, grounded in new archival and primary research. The primary question that I ask is why the U.S. federal government created a relatively strong national system of public health, layered on top of state police powers and grounded in the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while rejecting a comparable or even integrated approach in the field of individual medicine.
My work has appeared in outlets such as the American Journal of Public Health (“Eliminating Malaria in the American South”; “Linking Public Health and Individual Medicine”) and Studies in American Political Development (“War, Tropical Disease, and the Emergence of National Public Health Capacity in the United States”).
My research on malaria was featured in a piece on NPR’s Morning Edition.