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Welcome! I teach at the University of Kentucky as an assistant professor of Behavioral Science, secondarily appointed in the Department of History, and associated with the Program for Bioethics. 

An educator with more than a decade of interdisciplinary teaching experience, I use humanistic analytical approaches to teach behavioral science and ethics to undergraduates, medical students, and graduate students. 

Broadly, my research explores the contested medicalization of health behavior in modern America. My current project, a short course book on the history of behavioral health, was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

My first book, The Recovery Revolution (Columbia University Press, 2017), uses the rise of the therapeutic community treatment model in the 1960s to trace the tumultuous cycles in the history of addiction treatment. I also co-curated an accompanying collection of archival materials and directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Addiction in American History (you can view the complete course of study here). 

I’ve received fellowships and awards from the American Public Health Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health Office of History, and the National Film Preservation Foundation, among others. 

I graduated from Vassar College and was dual trained as an historian of medicine (PhD) and behavioral scientist (MPH) at Emory University. 

I live with my family in Lexington, Kentucky, and can be reached at