Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer

Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Cohen 373
Thursdays 3-4:30, or by appointment




B.A., History of Science, Harvard University, 2001
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2008
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Research Interests

Meggie's manuscript (under contract with University of Washington Press) "Nature's Cure: The Environmental Reformation of American Children" explores the widespread use of the seashore as a therapeutic landscape in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  It examines the medical, environmental, and social rationale that facilitated physicians, philanthropists, parents and children’s participation in nature-based  institutions that provided medical care to indigent children living in cities at the turn of the 20th century.  The project illustrates how people understood urban centers to be pathological environments and how they constructed the seashore as a space to heal, restore, and reform American children's health and bodies. 

Selected Work

Meghan Crnic and Cynthia Connolly.  “They Can’t Help Getting Well Here,”: Seaside Hospitals for Children in the United States, 1872-1917.” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth 2 (Spring 2009), 220-233.

Meghan Crnic. “Better Babies: Social Engineering for ‘a better nation, a better world.” Endeavour 33(2009), 13-18.

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