I was born in Tours, France, in 1982. During the course of my undergraduate career in American and British Studies at the Université François-Rabelais, I studied abroad twice, both times in the United States. I spent my junior year at Davidson College, NC, where I discovered the benefits of a learner-centered education. After graduation, I took part in another one-year exchange program, this time at the University of Pittsburgh. At the end of my exchange, I chose to stay in Pittsburgh and enrolled in the MA/PhD program in history. My MA thesis explored the failure of prohibition enforcement in Pittsburgh over the course of the 1920s and early 1930s. It was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies. My dissertation examined the international response to syphilis before the advent of penicillin in the 1940s. I focused on Argentina and the United States and within these two countries on New York and Buenos Aires. In my spare time, I like to listen to music, watch movies and TV shows, cook, travel, watch the Yankees, and lift weights.
MA in History • April 2008
Thesis: "'Let the Federal Men Raid': Bootlegging and Prohibition in Pittsburgh"
Master 1, with Mention Bien (magna cum laude) • June 2005
Licence, with Mention Assez Bien (cum laude) • June 2004
DEUG, with Mention Assez Bien (cum laude) • June 2003
Major: American and British Studies
As teaching assistant
The election of Barack Obama in 2008 reignited the debate over healthcare in the United States. Would the country overhaul its largely private and employer-based healthcare system? As the debate heated up, cross-national comparisons became central to the arguments of both sides. Opponents of universal healthcare cited Canada and the United Kingdom to illustrate the adverse aspects of a nationalized system: longer lines and rationed care. Meanwhile, supporters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (informally known as “Obamacare”) and supporters of a single-payer system pointed out that the United States had the unfortunate distinction of being the only industrialized nation without a universal healthcare system. Invoking cross-national comparisons in healthcare debates has a long history. The development of public health, medicine, and science has depended on the ongoing spread of knowledge across territorial boundaries. Yet this spread has also been a crucial driver in the creation of boundaries: boundaries among people living within the same society, along lines of race, class, and gender, virtue or danger; but also boundaries between societies, from physical or legal borders to jingoistic contrasts. My dissertation sheds light on the impact of these connections and comparisons by exploring the international response to syphilis before the advent of penicillin in the 1940s. I focus on Argentina and the United States and within these two countries on New York and Buenos Aires. Since Paris, like New York and Buenos Aires, was an important node in a transatlantic system of scientific and policy exchange, I investigate first and foremost the connections between historical actors in France, Argentina, and the United States. In so doing, I emphasize the importance of transnational connections, comparisons, and mutual learning in public policy making.