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 histories of health care, children's health, public health, and environmental history in the twentieth-century United States. Jason's dissertation is about the intersecting histories of pediatric AIDS, post-World War II children’s health care, and place. His dissertation, “The Littlest Victims”: Pediatric AIDS and the Urban Ecology of Health in the Late Twentieth-Century United States, explores what happens when a disease associated with the taboo behavior of adults begins affecting infants and children. The history of pediatric AIDS reveals how our nation's tolerance for racialized health inequalities helps reproduce an impulse to find quick-fix, techno-scientific solutions for complicated public health problems. Pediatric AIDS was a disease of poverty, which became closely associated with the multiple problems of the inner city – an urban geography that, for many Americans, was situated "elsewhere." Framed in such a way, pediatric AIDS thus shows how the social and physical distance between populations in the United States helps reinforce the unequal geography of empathy that structures the equally unequal investment in maintaining or improving the public health of poor children in the United States. Jason’s other scholarly interests include urban history, public history, and cultural history.