Short CV


PhD, 2013, University of Pennsylvania (History)

MPH, 2012, University of Pennsylvania (Masters Public Health)

BA, 2005, Columbia University (History, Sociology)

  • summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, departmental honors

Academic Appointments

Donald Gemson Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, September 2015 – present

  • Affiliate: Department of History (Columbia University), Data Science Institute
  • Core Faculty member, Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2013 – July 2015


2018 Innovation in Teaching Award, Mailman School of Public Health

2017 Excellence in Teaching Award, Mailman School of Public Health

Shiriki Kumanyika Award for Public Health Leadership, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Journal of Urban Affairs, Best Article of the Year Prize, 2010 (shared with Michael B. Katz, Mat Creighton, Daniel Amsterdam)

Dean’s Scholar, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, 2010

Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students, 2008

Charles A. Beard Prize (Senior Thesis), Columbia University, 2005

Gilder-Lehrman History Scholar, Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History, Summer 2004

John Jay Scholar, Columbia University, 2001-2005


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar, University of Wisconsin- Madison Site, 2013-2015

Institute of Education Sciences/Department of Education Pre-Doctoral Training Program in Interdisciplinary Methods for Field-based Research (University of Pennsylvania Site), 2011-2013

Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism Dissertation Fellow, 2011- 2012

Carey McWilliams Dissertation Fellow, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia, 2010-2011

William Fontaine Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania, 2005-2010

Recent Grants

Principal Investigator (PI) with Co-PI David Rosner, NSF-1827951, Standard Grant: ToxicDocs Research Infrastructure Project, 08/01/2018-08/01/2021 ($457,649)

Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty

Calderone Junior Faculty Prize, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University AWS in Education Grant

Research Fellowship, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard University, 2010-2011

Ad Hoc Reviewer

American Journal of Public Health; PNAS; Bulletin of the History of Medicine; Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences; Public Health Reports; Social Science & Medicine; Social Forces; Modern American History; New England Journal of Medicine; Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities; American Journal of Preventative Medicine; Journal of the American Society of Nephrology; Drug and Alcohol Dependence; University of Pittsburgh Press; PLOS Medicine; Sociological Forum; Journal of Health Politiics, Policy, and Law; Harvard Data Science Review; Social Science & Medicine -- Population Health; Journal of Women's Health

Sports Loyalties

NBA: Lakers (Fan); Bulls, Spurs, Sixers, Blazers (Supporter); Celtics, Clippers (Detest)

WNBA: Sparks, Mystics (Fan); Storm (Supporter)