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Graduate Students

Photograph of Ayodeji Adegbite Ayodeji Adegbite / Email: aadegbite@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

My research interest has evolved from history of infectious diseases in Africa to the history of global health in Africa. Basically, to use the history of global health as an analytic tool to understand disease crises in Africa. I am interested in the continuities and changes in patterns of responses of Africans and global health structures to health crises, such as the Ebola disease crises in Africa. In understanding the burden of diseases in Africa; emerging and recurring, failure and dynamics of interventions, it becomes important to revisit the paths of colonization of Africa and how the global economy evolved from these processes. A global lens allows me to see how economy, politics, science intertwined with diseases and the bid to eliminate it.
Photograph of Bridget D. Collins Bridget D. Collins / Email: bdcollins@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

My dissertation focuses on the prevention and treatment of infectious disease that occurred in American homes in the first half of the twentieth century, especially by women as part of their housekeeping and mothering roles.

In addition to writing my dissertation, I also work full time for the Dewey Graduate Library at the University at Albany in Albany, New York.
Photograph of Alexandra L. Fleagle Alexandra L. Fleagle / Email: fleagle@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

I study the history of European and American medicine prior to 1920. My interests broadly encompass the development of disease categories, the intersections of health and sexuality, and the lifecycles of healthcare institutions. My current research examines the history of the child patient and the development of children’s hospitals in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the US.
Photograph of Sara Levene Sara Levene / Email: slevene@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

I study the history of emotion, the family, childhood illnesses & mortality focusing on the effects of child mortality on the family in the United States before 1860. My other interests include the evolution of public perception of female sexuality and oral history.
Photograph of Emer Lucey Emer Lucey / Email: lucey@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

I am interested in the history of American medicine, the body, disability, and global health. My dissertation looks at the history of childhood developmental disability in the United States, analyzing the role of parent memoirs in the construction of autism and Down syndrome in the twentieth century using oral history, archival sources, and popular media.
Photograph of Bennett McIntosh Bennett McIntosh / Email: bamcintosh@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

I have worked as a biochemist, science publicist, and science journalist. I am interested in the contemporary history of biology, especially at the interface between genetics and the social sciences.
Photograph of Samm Newton Samm Newton / Email: snewton4@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

My work aims to pair marine humanities scholarship with creative practice. I have always desired to more deeply understand the interface between humans and marine systems and the processes that connect us. The intention behind both my creative and scholarly practice is to inspire others to see the oceans with a reinvigorated intensity, and deeper sense of history and place. I plan to continue looking at the intersection between marine systems, environmental science, and coastal communities while at UW-Madison by studying offshore drilling and petrochemical culture in the Gulf of Mexico and abroad.
Photograph of Suzanne Rubinstein Suzanne Rubinstein / Email: smrubinstein@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

I study the history of public health and medicine in Latin America, with a focus on the development of eugenics in Argentina. I am interested in state influence over indigenous communities through the public health sphere, particularly during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Photograph of Emma Wathen Emma Wathen / Email: ewathen@wisc.edu / History Dept webpage

I study the history of women’s health and reproduction, focusing on the pregnancy experiences of women with disabilities in the United States during the Progressive Era. My other interests include depictions of medicine in popular culture and the intersection of health care and race/class/gender.
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