Faculty Directory

Beatrix Hoffman

Department Chair and Professor

Fields of Study: United States-20th Century, Legal/Constitutional/Policy, Medicine and Science, Social Movements

E-mail: beatrix@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-0858
Office: Zulauf 713

Education: Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1996

Current Research: Undocumented immigrants and the right to health care; health care social movements

Major/Recent Publications:

  • Health Care for Some: Rights and Rationing in the United States since 1930. The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
  • Patients as Policy Actors. Co-edited with Nancy Tomes, Rachel Grob, and Mark Schelesinger. Rutgers University Press, 2011.
  • The Wages of Sickness: The Politics of Health Insurance in Progressive America. The University of North Carolina Press, 2001. 
  • Restraining the Health Care Consumer: The History of Deductibles and Copayments in U.S. Health Insurance. Social Science History 30 (4), Winter 2006. 
  • Emergency Rooms: The Reluctant Safety Net. In Rosemary Stevens, Charles Rosenberg, and Lawton R. Burns, eds., History and Health Policy: Bringing the Past Back In. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006. 
  • Sympathy and Exclusion: Access to Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants in the United States. In Keith Wailoo, Julie Livingston, and Peter Garbaccia, eds., A Death Retold: Jesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and the Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2006. 
  • Scientific Racism, Insurance, and Opposition to the Welfare State: Frederick L. Hoffmans Transatlantic Journey. Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 2 (April, 2003): 150-190. 
  • Health Care Reform and Social Movements in the United States. American Journal of Public Health 93 (January, 2003): 75-85. 

Teaching Interests: U.S. history, history of medicine, constitutional history, research methods

Courses Taught:
HIST 261 American History Since 1865 
HIST 361 History of Health and Medicine in the U.S. 
HIST 380 U.S. Constitutional History
HIST 495 Senior Thesis 
Graduate Reading Seminar in History of Medicine
Graduate Research Seminar in History of Medicine
Graduate Research Methods