Curriculum Vita

Jessica J. Hauger
Department of History, Duke University
226 Classroom Building, Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708


Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Ph. D. Candidate in History, 2017 – present
Dissertation tentatively entitled “Medicine for Generations: Healing and Colonialism in Kiowa Communities, 1875-1934”
Preliminary Examination Fields: History of Global Health, Indigenous History of North America, United States History 1861-1945, Spatial History

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology, 2016
Summa Cum Laude, Departmental Honors in History

University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
Visiting student, Modern History

Research Experience

Research Assistant to Dr. Margaret Humphreys for A Mind Ablaze! Searching for Dr. Harris, 2020

  • Tasked with copyediting and substantively editing a book manuscript in preparation for a revised draft submission to a major academic publisher.

Research Assistant to Dr. Kirk Savage for His Father’s Son: Yonaguska, Will Thomas, and the Forgotten History of the Cherokee Resistance on the Appalachian Frontier, 2019

  • Located, transcribed, and scanned archival sources in Cherokee history from two major archives to be included in an historical monograph.

Research Assistant, Bass Connections: “Documenting Durham’s Health History: Understanding the Roots of Health Disparities,” PIs: Dr. Jeffrey Baker, Dr. Robert Korstad, 2018-2019

  • Located, transcribed, and scanned archival sources from repositories across the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area for preliminary project design.
  • Synthesized initial archival research into advisement regarding a year-long plan for research and exhibit design
  • Instructed a class of undergraduate researchers in archival research, data management, historical research design, and exhibit design
  • Participated in research for and design of a rotating public exhibit on the history of health and medicine in Durham, North Carolina.

Intern, Milwaukee County Historical Society Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2016

  • Catalogued hundreds of objects in MCHS collections using PastPerfect and assisted in exhibit setup.

Research Assistant, ‘Mapping Epigenetics’ Project, PIs: Prof. Erik L. Peterson and Dr. Emma Wilson, University of Alabama Department of History, Alabama Digital Humanities Center, 2015

  • Located, read, and summarized journal articles in epigenetics research as initial research into a mapping project exploring the history of epigenetics as a scientific discipline.

Research and Laboratory Assistant, Laboratory of Human Osteology University of Alabama Department of Anthropology, 2015
Docent, Gorgas House Museum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2014 – 2016

  • Lead tours of an historic home focusing on interpretation of local and family history, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the history of public health
  • Designed and scripted special tours for a new public event
  • Assisted in designing an exhibit on the University of Alabama’s Confederate campus memory and memorialization
  • Catalogued hundreds of objects in Gorgas House collections using PastPerfect

Research Assistant, ‘Freedom on the Move’ Project, The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South, University of Alabama, 2014 – 2015

  • Located and transcribed hundreds of “runaway slave” advertisements in nineteenth-century newspapers for inclusion in a multi-institutional digital archive

Teaching Experience

Instructor of Record, “Public Health in America,” 2022 Instructor of Record, “The History of Global Health,” 2021
Graduate Mentor, “The Vaccine Equity Project,” 2021
Research Tutor, “The History of Global Health,” Dr. Margaret Humphreys, 2020
Research Tutor, “North America to 1760,” Dr. Juliana Barr, 2020
Teaching Assistant, “Chinese Medicine,” Dr. Nicole E. Barnes, 2019
Graduate Mentor, Humanities Unbounded MicroWorlds Lab, 2019 – 2020
Graduate Mentor, Bass Connections: “Documenting Durham’s Health History: Understanding the Roots of Health Disparities,” 2018 – 2019
Teaching Assistant, “American Dreams, American Realities,” Dr. Gerald Wilson, 2018
Teaching Assistant, “Democracy in America,” Dr. Laura F. Edwards, 2018

Conference Activities and Presentations

“‘Of Use to My People’: Government Medicine and Kiowa Survivance in the Life of T’oyhawlma (Laura Doanmoe Pedrick),” American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Meeting, November 13, 2021.

Panelist, “The Long Gilded Age and Progressive Era: Emerging Scholarship,” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, April 15, 2021 (recorded January 6, 2021).
“Smallpox and Sovereignty: The Racial Politics of Contagion in Indian Territory, 1891-1901,” American Association for the History of Medicine “Ann Arbor 2.0,” December 9, 2020.
“‘To Take Care of My People’: Colonialism and Healing in Kiowa Communities, 1879-1934.” Invited Guest Lecture for “To Boldly Go! Global Health and the American Way of Engagement,” 2019
Panelist, “Interdisciplinary Research at Duke,” Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 2019
“Constructing Healthy Communities: Field Matrons and Domestic Medicine in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1891-1915,” North Carolina State University History Graduate Student Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2019
“Intervention and Instinct: The Nineteenth Century Origins of Polarity in Modern Obstetrics,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 2019
“‘The Common Lot’: The Philosophical Problem of Labor Pain, c. 1848-1900,” University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference (URCA), Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2016

Public Scholarship

Epidemics and Empires: Historicizing Covid-19 in Native Communities,” Working Papers in Critical Disaster Studies no. 7, Initiative for Critical Disaster Studies, New York University, New York, July 28, 2021.

Nursing for Generations: Kiowa Peoplehood in the Work of Laura Pedrick,” Nursing Clio, November 25, 2020.

Colonial Politics are Reproductive Politics: A Review of Brianna Theobald’s Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century,” Nursing Clio, November 26, 2019.

Forum 4.2, “Carr, the Confederacy, and Conversations Ongoing,” in Forum 4, “From Carr to Classroom: Pursuing Historical Knowledge in the Shadow of the Confederacy.” The Abusable Past (blog) for Radical History Review, October 29, 2019.

Grants and Awards

Julian Price Fellowship in the Humanities and History, Duke University Graduate School, 2021-2022
Bass Instructional Fellowship, Duke University Graduate School, 2022
Summer Research Fellowship for Research on Women or Girls of Color, Duke University Graduate School, 2021
Aleane Webb Dissertation Research Grant, Duke University Graduate School, 2020 – 2021
Travel Grant, American Association for the History of Medicine, 2020
Humanities Unbounded MicroWorlds Lab Graduate Fellow, 2019 – 2020
Duke University Center for International and Global Studies Graduate Student Working Groups in Global Issues Grant: “The Moving Aesthetics of Empire,” 2019 – 2020
Summer Research Fellowship, Duke University Graduate School, 2018 and 2019
Duke University Graduate Fellowship, 2017 – 2023
Weinberg-Black Memorial Scholarship in History, University of Alabama, 2016
2nd place oral presentation: Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference, Fine Arts and Humanities division, University of Alabama, 2016
University of Alabama President’s List, 2014 – 2016


Co-Chair, Graduate Student Association, Duke University Department of History, 2021-2022
Constitutional Committee, Graduate Student Association, Duke University Department of History, 2019 – 2020
Reviewer, Duke University Department of History Undergraduate Research Journal, 2019
Committee Chair for the Annual Report, Graduate Student Association, Duke University Department of History, 2018 – 2020
Committee to Consider the Renaming of Carr Building, Duke University, 2018

Professional Affiliations

American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
American Association for the History of Medicine
American Society for Ethnohistory
American Association for State and Local History
Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era


English (native), German (reading), Kiowa (novice)