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 focuses on health policy, American political development, political institutions, bureaucracy, and political economy.

My book, Health Divided: Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American Stateoffers 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 strong national system of public health, 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 the American Journal of Public Health (“Eliminating Malaria in the American South”; “Linking Public Health and Individual Medicine”) and in 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.

I am currently working on a second book, which focuses on the unique role of Medicaid and other programs aimed at low-income Americans in the development and politics of American health policy. I am also beginning a new long-term project, the Health Politics Data Initiative, with Dr. Herschel Thomas III. The goal of this project is to create a data-based framework for mapping the ideas, processes, and institutions that shape health politics.


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