About Me

My work falls into the category of the Health Humanities, as I work on the cultural representation of disease from the eighteenth-century to the present. I continue to write on suicide, elegy, mourning, and death, but my chief interest is in the development of medical individualism in the West and the role that it has played in countering public health initiatives since the eighteenth century. My current book project examines inoculation and the medicalized body, and my broader interests include the cultural construction of immunity and debates surrounding public health campaigns like vaccination.

I have two children, an enormous mountain dog named Justice, and two cats, Tessa and Tybalt, who appear to be locked in a state of perpetual warfare, but are secretly affectionate towards each other when no one is looking.