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University of Kentucky
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Alcohol and Drug History; History of Medicine and Public Health; Health Humanities
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I am available for podcast or radio interviews; to comment on background for print and digital publications; and as a resource for primary and secondary scholarly reading recommendations related to the history and treatment of substance use in the 20th and 21st century United States.

Personal Info

About Me

I’m a drug and alcohol historian and tenured associate professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine. I am also a harm reductionist and a person in long-term recovery. My historical research focuses on the industrialization of abstinence-based addiction treatment in the 20th and 21st century United States, the history of substance use and treatment research, and the ways in which people with lived experience of substance use both create and contest knowledge about the nature of “addiction.”

I hold an interdisciplinary PhD from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts, an MPH in Behavioral Science from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, and an AB from Vassar College. Before coming to the University of Kentucky, I held fellowships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics.

Recent Publications

The Recovery Revolution: The Battle Over Addiction Treatment in the United States (Columbia University Press, 2017)

“Peter Bourne’s Drug Policy and the Perils of a Public Health Ethic” American Journal of Public Health, 105, no. 2 (2015): 283-292. [with Emily Dufton(Winner, Paper of the Year Award from the American Public Health Association)

“Archival Research” chapter in Research Methods in Health Humanities, edited by Craig Klugman and Erin Gentry Lamb (Oxford University Press, 2019)

“‘Chemistry is the New Hope’: Therapeutic Communities and Methadone Maintenance, 1965-1971” Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, 26, no. 2 (2012): 192–216.

Media Coverage
Science History Institute's Distillations podcast; New Books Network
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Libraries & Archives, Medicine, Rebellion & Revolution, Science