Current Research

Undocumented immigrants and the right to health care; health care social movements.

Major Publications

  • (with Dana Yarak) “La Primera Línea: Latina/o Frontline Health Workers During COVID-19’s First Wave,” U.S. Latino and Latina Oral History Journal Vol. 5, 2021: 10-32.
  • "Sanctuary or Danger: Hospitals and Health Care in the United States," Migration and Society 4 (1), 2021: 62-75.
  • "The U.S. Can't Afford Not to Provide Insurance to Everyone—and This Pandemic Proves It," Newsweek, April 8, 2020.
  • "The American Hospital: Charity or Profit Center?" in Martin Gorsky, Margarita Vilar-Rodriguez, and Jeronia Pons-Pons, The Political Economy of the Hospital in History (University of Huddersfield Press, 2020).
  • "Writing History as it Happens: A Historian's Dilemmas in a Time of Health Care Reform" in Solvieg Julich and Sven Widmalm, eds., Communicating the History of Medicine: Perspectives on Audience and Impact (Manchester University Press, 2020).
  • "¡Viva La Clinica!: The United Farm Workers' Fight for Medical Care," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 93 (4), Winter 2019: 518-549.
  • "Undocumented, Uninsured, Unafraid" Dissent, Spring 2018.
  • 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. Hoffman's 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.

Public History

Teaching Interests

U.S. History, History of Medicine, Constitutional History, Research Methods, Latino History.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 261 American History Since 1865
  • HIST 361 History of Health and Medicine in the U.S.
  • HIST 368 History of Chicago
  • HIST 374 U.S. Latino History
  • HIST 380 U.S. Constitutional History
  • HIST 495 Senior Thesis
  • Graduate Reading Seminar in History of Medicine
  • Graduate Research Seminar in History of Medicine


Beatrix Hoffman

Beatrix Hoffman
Zulauf 704

United States 20th Century, Medicine

Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1996

Office Hours

By appointment