Building on her research into the development of a group of hospitals for Appalachian coal miners in the 1950s, Sandler will consider how healthcare became a marker of urban modernity for Appalachia, and subsequently, how the lack of healthcare in the region has become an emblem of intractable “other”-ness. The history of these hospitals complicates understandings of federal intervention into rural Appalachia, and suggests that the infrastructural landscape was hardly as skeletal as the government portrayed. Sandler contends that echoes of this story continue to resonate today, as the material impacts of the Affordable Care Act are hotly debated, and communities struggle to seek out the care they have long been promised.

Maya Sandler is a Yale University doctoral student in the History of Science and Medicine. She studies the history of medicine and public health in the United States, and is particularly interested in health disparities and health justice movements during the 20th century. Prior to beginning her graduate work at Yale, Maya received a B.A. in Human Biology from Brown University, and worked in Open Access publishing at the medical research journal PLOS Medicine.

Sponsored by the Collaborative for Southern Appalachian Studies.


Monday, November 7, 2016
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Torian Room in duPont Library