M.A., Rutgers University/NJIT-Newark
Jason is a PhD candidate in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies the U.S. history of health care, children's health, public health, and environmental history in the twentieth century. Jason's dissertation is about the intersecting histories of pediatric AIDS, post-World War II children’s health care, and place. His dissertation explores what happens when a disease associated with the taboo behavior of adults begins affecting infants and children. This history helps us examine how the practice and conceptualization of post-World War II children’s health care changed in the age of AIDS. It reveals how sick and dying children of color became inextricably linked with popular perceptions of U.S. inner cities during the late twentieth century. And how these, and other factors, combined to make pediatric AIDS a disease of elsewhere, which influenced responses to the disease. Jason’s other interests include public history, cultural history, urban history, cooking, running, and the Mets.