Nathan D. Kuehnl - Ph.D. Student


I am interested broadly in the intersection of race and health/health care in modern America. I study how institutional racism in medicine prevents access to care, discriminates in medical practice and research, and perpetuates unequal diagnoses and treatments for African Americans. My dissertation explores how Detroit medical institutions addressed or sustained health disparities among black Detroiters after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the implementation of Medicare and Medicaid. I aim to contribute to the ongoing debate regarding the current racial health gap by providing the historical context behind the construction and continuation of our current unequal health care system.



M.A. History, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2013

B.A. English and History, Lourdes College, Sylvania, OH, 2011


Fields of Study

African American, United States, Modern World, Medicine and Public Health


Invited Presentations

“Integrating Medicine: Black Physicians and the National Medical Association,” University of Toledo College of Medicine, Toledo, OH, January 2014.


Selected Conference Presentations

“Local Treatment: Black Medical Professionals and Hospital Integration in Detroit, MI," American Association for the History of Medicine, Annual Meeting, New Haven, CT, May 2015


"Black Physicians and the Great War,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2014


“Black Physicians and Medical Education Reform in the Early Twentieth Century,” Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science, Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO, February 2014.


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