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 class conflict.
The American Yawp is a free, online textbook that I've contributed material on medicine in the Progressive Era to. The textbook is a collaborative effort on the part of many volunteer contributing scholars. Minus the profit motive of other textbooks, Yawp was created to open up an accessible knowledge base for students and their teachers.
Learn more about the project here.
I also think there is room for historians to comment in venues outside the academy. Below is a listing of published articles. I also maintain a blog here.