Zoe Adams

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Research interests: 

Late 20th century history of medicine and public health; urban renewal and the academic medical center; health activism; history of addiction medicine; urban space and place

Zoe is an MA Candidate in the History of Science and Medicine and a fourth-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine. Broadly, she is interested in how academic medical centers and medical institutions are complicit in perpetuating structural inequality, particularly the exploitation of urban neighborhoods of color in their immediate vicinity. Her research interests include topics in late 20th century history, including histories of community health activism in 1960s and 1970s and the concept of “community control,” the academic medical center’s relationship to urban renewal projects in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as topics in the history of addiction medicine and psychiatry. Overall, she aspires to integrate historical research into medical and public health disciplines and use history to generate fundamental questions that complicate medicine’s role in society.
Zoe graduated from Vassar College in 2015 with a BA in Classics, where she focused on Ancient Greek language and literature and wrote a thesis on Hippocratic gynecology. She grew up in New York City, and plans to pursue a residency in Internal Medicine.