- Graduate Instructor
"Combatting the White Plague and Reforming the Emerald City: Public Health, State Intervention and the Fight for Seattle, 1906-1929" (dissertation in progress)
My research on public health and city formation led to a dissertation on tuberculosis control in Progressive Era Seattle. My dissertation seeks to illuminate how Progressive reformers, state agencies, and the poor worked both with and against each other in order to tame the White Plague and reshape the urban geography of Seattle.
Through my research I’ve found that tuberculosis control is about more than public health and disease. Instead it is clear that in Seattle the struggle was largely focused on determining who had the right to the city and the power to shape the urban environment in an era charged with conflict.