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Last Name
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities / American Academy of Neurology
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Detroit, racism in medicine, medical education, urban health, urban renewal, social determinants of heath, deindustrialization, 20th century history of medicine
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Please do not cite my affiliation with the AAN in any materials.

Personal Info

About Me

I am a recent PhD who has spent the past five years working in health policy research and education. I am now at the American Academy of Neurology where I am able to directly implement my training in the history of medicine as I work to teach neurologists about how health policy affects their practice.

My dissertation, “The Detroit Medical Center: Race and Renewal in the Motor City,” argues that the development of the nation’s largest urban renewal project, The Detroit Medical Center, is a previously unexplored factor in Detroit’s economic decline. Planners and officials did not prioritize the health needs of Detroit’s most vulnerable residents, and as a result, built an ultimately unsuccessful health center that continues to struggle to this day. I argue that municipalities can only be successful if their policies center racial equity and provide adequate health provision to even the city residents most in need. Racism, and poor health, is costly.

Recent Publications

Minneapolis’s White Lie, The Atlantic, February 21, 2015

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Government, Higher Ed, Labor, Law, Local & Regional, Medicine, Public History, Race, Science, Urban History