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Deborah Streahle, MA

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Deborah Streahle, MA


As a social and cultural historian of medicine, I study the relationships among medicine, technology, and care in the 20th-century United States. My dissertation explores how attitudes and practices surrounding death and dying changed in the 1960s. I examine several forces that reshaped end-of-life and death care: the U.S. military’s management of the dead throughout the war in Southeast Asia; African American funeral directors’ role in the civil rights movement; and alternative death care activism. As a guest historian at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, I am developing a public exhibition about the medical facilities aboard a historic Navy aircraft carrier.

Education & Training

  • MA
    Yale University, History (2018)
  • BA
    Lehigh University, Philosophy (2010)