Corporatizing American Healthcare: How We Lost Our Health Care System

by eea | Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 4:00 PM

A number of career pathways appeared before me after I finished medical school and advanced specialty training. I chose Academic Emergency Medicine at a University Medical Center, which provided time for research, teaching, and direct patient care. Over the years, and through the frontline care of tens of thousands of patients, I witnessed the progression of medical care from a personalized user-friendly cottage industry to an impersonal, complex, and outrageously expensive corporate-based industry. But the motivation to write Corporatizing American Healthcare: How We Lost Our Health Care System , only came after I transitioned to "Professor Emeritus" status. I then had the opportunity to work for several years as a primary care physician at a small-town rural clinic. It was there that I learned I needed to fight corporations daily to ensure good patient care. These were fights with Healthplans to get needed drugs, specialist care, urgent surgery, and imaging (e.g. MRIs); fights with hospital systems to get care for sick patients; and fights with for-profit laboratories to get appropriate and timely testing. Knowing that I had helped my patients provided great fulfillment. Forty years ago, a simpler and friendly world welcomed patients to medical care. Most "doctor...Read More

Race, Indigeneity, and Relationship in Student Affairs and Higher Education

by may | Monday, March 1, 2021 - 3:46 PM

This past fall, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)’s Journal of College Student Development published a special issue, answering a call to promote scholarship that engages both racial justice as well as decolonization. We asked Guest Editors Stephanie Waterman and D-L Stewart to discuss Race, Indigeneity, and Relationship in Student Affairs and Higher Education and the work behind it. How did you decide to work together as Guest Editors on this issue? Had you worked together before? JCSD_front_cover.jpg DLS: I had been approached to consider submitting a proposal to the Journal of College Student Development editorial boards call and immediately went to Stephanie as an ideal partner due to her scholarship and relationship we had built through our participation in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). We had not previously collaborated on a scholarly endeavor. SW: I was sitting next to D-L when I heard about the special issue and thought, “Hmm, I wonder if D-L is interested in working together.” Then someone suggested I think about submitting a proposal and here we are. For readers who might not be familiar...Read More

Building Gender Equity in the Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change

by eea | Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 4:00 PM

Addressing the complex challenges facing the world requires the scientific and technical expertise of many people whose diverse talents can make a difference. Universities and colleges contribute to that work through research, teaching, and public engagement, yet these institutions have not tapped into the full array of talent that is available to accomplish such goals. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, trans and genderqueer, and Indigenous people are among those who have been marginalized simply because of their identities. Not only do they face extra challenges in their individual careers, but society does not benefit when their diverse talents and perspectives are excluded from the scientific enterprise. We became interested in the approaches and strategies used by universities and colleges that have been engaged in institutional transformation, funded by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ADVANCE Program, to heighten gender equity and create more diverse, inclusive, equitable academic environments, especially for women faculty in STEM fields. Funded by the NSF, we conducted interviews, focus groups, and institutional case studies, and share findings in our book, Building Gender Equity in Academy: Institutional Strategies for Change . Here we highlight several major points from the...Read More

Revisions of an Ardent Historian

by eea | Monday, February 22, 2021 - 3:30 PM

I learned of the recent revelation that Mr. Johns Hopkins (1795-1873), long reputed to have been a staunch abolitionist, was in fact a slaveholder, along with the rest of the world. News of this nature has surfaced before at other premier institutions, but as a Hopkins alumnus (Ph.D. 1998) and Hopkins Press author, this news was particularly personal. In my professional capacity as a historian, my own work is implicated and thus needs amending. In October 2019 the Johns Hopkins University Press published my book, Republic of Numbers: Unexpected Stories of Mathematical Americans through History . This book consists of twenty biographical vignettes of Americans whose lives have involved mathematics. On page 89 of this book will be found the following passage, concerning the admission of Kelly Miller (1863-1939) as a graduate student at Hopkins in 1887: "Ultimately the decision turned on an appeal to the personal beliefs of the founder of the university, the late Johns Hopkins himself. For Miller was black, and Hopkins had been a Quaker and an ardent abolitionist. Miller was admitted, the first African American graduate student of mathematics in the United States." In short,...Read More

Neighborhood of Fear: The Suburban Crisis in American Culture

by eea | Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 4:00 PM

One essential thing I learned while writing Neighborhood of Fear was so much of what I studied related directly to contemporary American culture including the roots of so many practices and beliefs prevalent today – from consumer-centered environmentalism and medicine to the continued focus on cultural products as the cause of social ills. Perhaps the most visible has been how suburban crime culture of the late twentieth century shaped perceptions of suburban streets and homes as criminally hazardous and homeowner rights to defend them as expansive. The continued expansion of private home security strategies and apparatuses are a logical outgrowth of suburban security culture that operates under the notion of constant threat. Products like the Amazon-owned Ring smart doorbell continue to produce this suburban sensibility where homeowners feel both reassured and endangered by using new security technologies. It allows a homeowner to surveil their front door, speak to visitors, and generally mind their home even when not there all under the supposition that something could (or likely will) go wrong. As Ring commercials demonstrate, its sales are premised on the same fears harbored by 1980s and 90s suburbanites. In an advertisement from 2015...Read More