Dominique A. Tobbell

University of Minnesota, Director and Associate Professor, Program in the History of Medicine

    I am a historian of 20th century health care and business, biomedical science, and technology with a particular interest in the history of pharmaceuticals, health policy, and nursing. I received my B.Sc. in biochemistry from the University of Manchester in 2001 and my M.A. and Ph.D. in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. My first book, Pills, Power, and Policy: The Struggle for Drug Reform in Cold War America and its Consequences (University of California Press/Milbank Series on Health and the Public, 2012) describes how the American drug industry and key sectors of the medical profession came to be allies against federal reform, and details the political strategies used by that pharmaceutical-medical alliance to influence public opinion and shape legislative reform and the regulatory environment of prescription drugs after World War II. I am currently working on two book projects. The first, Educating Nurses: Knowledge, Politics, and the Making of the American Nursing Workforce After World War II, examines the history of nursing education reforms in the context of nursing workforce concerns after World War II. The second project, Delivering Care, Governing Health: Academic Health Centers and the States Since World War II, is a comparative history of the development and administration of state-funded AHCs in which I document the intersections of inter-professional and institutional politics and state health policymaking in the history of state-funded academic health centers after World War II. My other work has focused on the role of academic and government researchers, biotechnology companies, and disease-based organizations in the development of drugs to treat rare diseases, so-called orphan drugs. I am also interested in post-war developments in the health professions and in health policy, and am the oral historian for the University of Minnesota’s Academic Health Center History Project.

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Committee Service

Emerging Scholars Committee (2011 to 2014) (chair 2013 to 2014)

Doctoral Colloquium Participation

Doctoral Colloquium 2006, Toronto, Ontario