Kathleen Sullivan-Thomas

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Kathleen Sullivan-Thomas

Bio

Kathleen Sullivan-Thomas is a doctoral candidate whose work focuses on the emergence of eastern equine encephalitis in mid-twentieth-century America. Her current project examines how the epizootic disease came into public and scientific consciousness and the efforts made to confront, control, and eradicate the disease. Sullivan-Thomas’s work examines the intersections between wildlife, veterinary medicine, and public health during the professionalization of veterinary medicine and the ascendency of the American environmental movement.

Education

Ph.D. History, Mississippi State University, 2016 – present
M.A. History, Mississippi State University, 2014 – 2016
B.A. History, Mississippi College, 2010 – 2014

Academic Career

Isis Editorial Assistant, 2019-2020
Teaching Assistant, Mississippi State University, 2014-2019
Adjunct Instructor, Mississippi College, Summer 2016

Publications

Presentations
Panels Organized
2018- “Knowing Nature: An Interspecies Enterprise,” History of Science Society, Seattle, WA

Presentations
“Defining Disease: Constructing Boundaries around Humans and Animals in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” Consortium for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2020

“Going Wild: Disease and Wildlife in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” History of Science Society, Seattle, WA, 2018

“The Nature of the Beast: Vaccines and Zoonotic Disease in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” Society for the History of Technology, St. Louis, MO, 2018

“Wild Bodies in Wild Places: Veterinary Science and the Crafting of Wild Disease,” Agricultural History Society, St. Petersburg, FL, 2018

“Where the Wild Things Are: Equine Encephalitis and Wildlife in Mid-Twentieth Century America,” Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, Myrtle Beach, SC, 2017

“Out of the Wild: Animals, Disease, and the Environment in Mid-Twentieth Century America, Southern History of Science and Technology, Nashville, TN, 2017

Honors & Awards

Fellowship- Center for the History of Agriculture, Science, and Environment of the South, 2018 – 2019

Teaching Assistantship- Mississippi State Department of History, 2014 – 2019

Doctoral Comprehensive Exams passed with Distinction

Courses Taught

Instructor
Summer 2016- Modern U.S. History: Reconstruction to the Present, Mississippi College

Spring 2017- Modern U.S. History: 1877-Present, Online, Mississippi State University

Summer 2017- Modern U.S. History: 1877-Present, Mississippi State University

Spring 2018- Modern Western World, Online, Mississippi State University

Summer 2018- Modern U.S. History: 1877-Present, Mississippi State University

Fall 2018- Early Western World, Online, Mississippi State University

Teaching Assistant
Fall 2014- Modern U.S. History: 1877-Present, Mississippi State University

Spring 2015- Modern U.S. History: 1877-Present, Mississippi State University

Fall 2015- Modern U.S. History: 1877-Present, Mississippi State University

Spring 2016- Pop Culture in U.S. History, Mississippi State University

Fall 2016- Modern U.S. History: 1877-Present, Mississippi State University

Spring 2017- Race and the U.S. Color Line, Online, Mississippi State University

Professional Associations

History of Science Society

Society for the History of Technology

Agricultural History Society – Social Media and Website Management Assistant, 2017-2018

Phi Alpha Theta, Gamma Nu Chapter – President, 2017-2018

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