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University of Kentucky
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Twentieth century U. S., gender, suffrage, Kentucky, Appalachia, healthcare
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About Me

I am fascinated and inspired by people who look around, see a problem, and enthusiastically, sometimes at great cost to themselves, seek to remedy it.  Reform sits at the intersection of all my research interests.  This fascination influenced my first study of Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service and is now at the heart of my latest book on the Kentucky suffrage movement.  I am especially interested in women’s reform efforts at the turn-of-the-twentieth century and the ways gender, but also race, class, and regional identity, both fueled and constrained women’s attempts to transform their communities.  I am drawn to organizations and reform movements that creatively and strategically leveraged women’s expected role and used it as a springboard to new opportunity and to rethink what a woman should be and do.  I am also interested in the ways local communities become laboratories for more widespread change.  My research has, by and large, centered on Kentucky.

Recent Publications

A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote (University Press of Kentucky, 2020)

Mary Breckinridge: The Frontier Nursing Service and Rural Health in Appalachia (University of North Carolina Press, 2008)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Gender, Local & Regional, Medicine, Women