B.A. with honors in the Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University
M.A., Bioethics: Life, Health, & Environment, New York University, 2012
Candidate for Ph.D., History of Medicine, Yale University, 2018
Areas of Research/Interest:
Public health ethics, medical charity models, health care policy and the history of medical and public health practice, particularly in Enlightenment and Victorian England.
Barbara Pohl graduated from Wesleyan University where she majored in an interdisciplinary program called Science in Society, concentrating in molecular biology and history. During her senior year, she wrote an honors thesis investigating the rise of dispensaries—what we would term health clinics—providing free medical care for the working poor in Enlightenment England. This study explores the meaning of medical humanitarianism and demonstrates how charitable efforts to cure the poor reinforced inequalities built into the then-emerging industrial capitalist system. Her historical perspective is the basis for her interest in better understanding the connection between public health practice and social justice work.
Senior thesis entitled “Private Matters for the Public Good: The Dispensary Movement in Enlightenment England.”