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 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 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.
I am currently working on a second book, which analyzes the interconnected development of welfare policy and Medicaid. I am also working on a new long-term project, the Health Politics Data Initiative, with Herschel F. Thomas. The goal of this project is to create a data-based framework for mapping the ideas, processes, and institutions that shape health politics.
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.