Assistant Professor, Department of History and Department of Health Policy and Management


History of U.S. Health Policy


Dr. Jessica Adler’s research and teaching interests include U.S. health, social, welfare, and disability policy, war and society and American political development. Her first book, Burdens of War, is about the origins and evolution of the U.S. veterans’ health system – now the nation’s largest integrated health care system. It traces changing expectations and perceptions of medical services and veterans’ benefits and how politics and social circumstances shaped the structure, implementation, and experience of a federal health program.

She continues to focus on federal involvement in health care in her current projects, which examine the late twentieth century history of the veterans’ health program and medical care in U.S. prisons. Also an assistant professor in the Department of History, she has written for journals and news outlets, including the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, USA Today, The Hill, and The Miami Herald, and contributed chapters and articles to various books.

The Doris G. Quinn Foundation, the Institute for Political History, the U.S. Army Military History Institute, the Florida Humanities Council, and the Florida International University Office of the Provost Humanities Research Initiative have all supported her work.