Writing

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The Disappearing Clinic

In this article, I track the history of the mobile clinics that traversed the Alaska Territory in the late 1940s in an effort to collect data about rates of tuberculosis infection in Alaska Native communities. These diagnostic missions, my work shows, had profound emotional consequences for the clinical staff and for those who found themselves brought under the clinical gaze.

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MISTRUST IN MEDICINE: THE RISE AND FALL OF AMERICA’S FIRST VACCINE INSTITUTE

In this article, Marco Ramos and I explain how physicians—in the 19th century and today—have worked to build public confidence in vaccination in an American culture suspicious of medical expertise. You can check it out over at the American Journal of Public Health

Historian Andrea Rusnock also provides a thoughtful editorial to accompany the piece, which elaborates on humanitarian and financial aspects of vaccination in American History.

The ATS-6 under development (source: NASA)

COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES AS COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGIES: ALASKA NATIVE VILLAGES AND THE NASA SATELLITE HEALTH TRIALS OF THE 1970S

Jeremy Greene and I explain the role that NASA telecommunications satellites played in the development of systems of rural healthcare in Alaska. 

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Decolonizing indigenous genomics

My take on Kim TallBear's outstanding book: Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science for Postcolonial Studies

Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawaii

History of anthropology at naisa 2016

My thoughts on the 2016 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting for the History of Anthropology Newsletter.

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review: the birth control clinic in a marketplace world 

My review of Rose Holz's fascinating study of  birth control clinics sites to understand the entanglement of business and charity for The Canadian Bulletin of Medical History.

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Melting the ice curtain: indigeneity and the Alaska Siberia Medical Research Program, 1982–1988

This chapter, which appears in the volume Cold Science: Environmental Knowledge in the North American Arctic During the Cold War, explores an alliance between Alaskan and Siberian medical researchers that aimed to both ease Cold War tensions and to instrumentalize indigeneity and circumpolar Indigenous peoples in pursuit of biomedical knowledge.

Alaska's Arctic coastline in mid-summer

reaching out, looking in: on Research, refusal, and responsibility 

This piece, published at Somatosphere, describes my attempts to engage ethically with Indigenous communities and reflects upon the broader set of obligations that come with historical work.  

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My review of Marisa Elena Duarte’s Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet Across Indian Country, a fascinating look at the ways that Indigenous communities in the United States use information and communications technology’s to extend their sovereignty, is available in Technology & Culture.

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series: Critical histories, activist futures 

Sarah Pickman and I co-edited a series of papers at Somatosphere, which are drawn from a conference, titled "Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence," that Sarah, Marco Ramos, and I co-organized at Yale University in February 2017. 

The conference brought together historians, anthropologists, health practitioners, scientists, and local community activists to discuss the role of activist scholarship in confronting the ongoing injustices present in scientific research, healthcare practices, and academic institutions. 

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history as a resource for understanding drugs today

Marco Ramos and I taught an undergraduate seminar class on the History of Drugs in Twentieth Century America. We wrote about the process of conceptualizing the course and the experience of teaching it in a series of posts for Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society