Eli Anders received his AB in Social Studies from Harvard College. His dissertation explores convalescent homes and practices of convalescence in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. He is interested in the history of public health, state knowledge-making practices, and the relationship between social knowledge, urban spaces, and health.
Joanna holds an AB in Physics from Harvard University and an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Her past research has included the study of undergraduate physics teaching at Radcliffe College and a survey of early twentieth-century physics textbooks directed to home economics students. She is interested more broadly in the history of modern physics, including narratives of science, scientific pedagogy, and times of paradigm crisis.
Julia Cummiskey graduated from Carleton College with a BA in History and earned an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. Her professional experience includes school programs at the New-York Historical Society, public health epidemiology at the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and program management at the Montefiore School Health Program in the Bronx, NY. Her dissertation will examine the history of virus research at the Virus Research Institute in Entebbe, Uganda. Her research interests include the history of international public health, virology, and infectious diseases. She received a Fulbright Fellowship and a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the SSRC in 2013 to support her dissertation research.
James received an MA in International Studies from the University of Technology Sydney. His master's thesis examined medical records in the Imperial Palace of Qing China. He was trained as a clinician of Chinese Medicine, which he taught at the University of Western Sydney. His current research includes the history of medicine in Choson Korea and Qing China.
Penelope holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering (Astronautics) from the United States Naval Academy and an MA in History from the University of North Florida. Her master's thesis examined contemporary British perception of the American Civil War as total and modern war. Her dissertation explores the historical intersection of technology and the ocean sciences, and specifically the role of research vessels and the cultures and practices surrounding their use from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. She is also interested in environmental history, naval and maritime technologies more broadly, and the history of science fiction. She received the American Meteorological Society Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science for 2015 and is currently a Baird Society Resident Scholar at the Smithsonian Libraries, in Washington, DC.
Yixian holds an MA in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, a certificate in International Affairs and Multilateral Governance from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and a BA in Sci-tech Policy and Communication from the University of Science and Technology of China. She is interested in the history of technology and techno-cities in modern East Asia.
Adrianna received her AB from Bryn Mawr College in 2009, earning a dual degree in English and History. Her work focuses on twentieth century American anthropology, with a particular emphasis on research efforts and disciplinary changes after World War II. Other interests include: the use of films in anthropology, anthropological museums and exhibits, world’s fairs, and the visual display of cultures. Her dissertation examines the development of postwar urgent anthropology and its intersection with the environmental and conservation movements of the 1960s and 70s.
Emily holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Princeton University and a master's degree in the History of Science and Technology from the University of Oklahoma. At Johns Hopkins, she will further explore her interest in the social and cultural history of space exploration, with special attention to the role of women. Emily plans to pursue a curatorial career and has interned at the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Mathematisch-Physikalisher Salon in Dresden, Germany.
Kirsten Moore-Sheeley holds a BA from Chapman University in History and Screenwriting and a Certificate in Global Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research interests include the history of public health in East Africa, history of international and global public health, and the history of disease. Her dissertation will examine the history of bed nets in Africa.
Heidi holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and an MSc in Global Health and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to starting graduate work at Hopkins, she worked as a Project Manager for a USAID contractor in the DR Congo and Ghana. Her research interests include the production, circulation, and consumption of pharmaceuticals in a global health context, drug shortages, and biomedicine in the global south more generally.
Ayah received her BA in International Studies (International Peace and Conflict Resolution) and History from American University in 2009. She received a dual Masters in History and Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014. Her Masters’ thesis, “Race, Sexuality, and the ‘Progressive Physician’: African American Doctors, Eugenics, and Public Health, 1900-1940,” examined the ways in which African American doctors and scientists interpreted and deployed eugenic thought within the context of racial uplift ideology. Her research interests include eugenics, birth control, disability, scientific racism, and public health.
Jonathan received a BA in History from Portland State University and an MA from the University of Chicago. His master’s thesis explored Julian Huxley’s “evolutionary humanism,” a new, secular religion which was intended to produce social reform through a process of directed cultural and biological evolution. His research interests revolve around the history of modern biology, especially social and political applications of evolutionary theory.
Emilie received a BA in History and American Studies from the College of William and Mary and an MA from the University of Chicago. Her master’s thesis used Thorstein Veblen’s The Theory of the Leisure Class to examine the integration of economics and Darwinian evolutionary theory in the late nineteenth century. She is interested in the history of biology, especially evolutionary biology, the development of social scientific disciplines, higher education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and American intellectual and cultural history. She worked for the National Academy of Sciences before she started graduate work at Johns Hopkins.
Sam received his BS in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma, and has completed three years of his MD program at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Upon completion of a PhD in the History of Medicine, he will finish his medical degree and practice psychiatry. Sam intends to complement his clinical work with historical research. Sam's scholarly interests include the history of mental illness, especially its medicalization and criminalization, eugenics, intelligence testing, and scientific racism.
Marion has a Magister Artium in History and European Ethnology from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, writing her thesis on eugenics and education in the Weimar Republic and the biologic justifications of bourgeois interests. Before coming to Hopkins, she worked in innovation and ecology management and environmental engineering. Her dissertation is a cultural history of genetic deafness in the 20th century that explores how deafness was defined—as a pathology, a psychological deviance, a socio-cultural trait—and analyzes surrounding questions of identity, culture, perceptions of deafness, and treatment. More broadly, she is interested in the interdisciplinary history of eugenics and genetics, in particular the overlap with psychology, psychiatry, education, and pedagogy.
A second focus of Marion's work is the emerging identities and communities of people with autism and the overlap between biomedicine and disability activism. Her research has been supported by a Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship for work on ethical and religious values from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2014).
As well as a Dean's Teaching Fellowship, Marion has also taught an undergraduate course on Genes, gender and reproduction in 20th century America as part of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.