Sociology Professor Susan M. Chambré Receives Rockefeller Archives Grant
Sociology Professor Susan M. Chambré received a grant in aid from the Rockefeller Archives for a project entitled "Foundations, Policy and the Emergence of a New Organizational Field: Disease Organizations in the U.S. During the Early Twentieth Century."
The study is part of a larger project on the emergence and policy impact of disease organizations in the US. This work builds on two recent books, Fighting for Our Lives: New York's AIDS Community and the Politics of Disease (2006) and a recently issued coedited book, Patients, Consumers and Civil Society (2008).
The grant will assist Professor Chambré to investigate an understudied issue in the history of philanthropy. She writes:
"There is a great deal of scholarship on the critical and central role of private philanthropy in the development of health and medicine in the U.S. Private foundations and major philanthropists supported scientific research, designed and funded public health demonstration projects, redesigned and supported medical education, and underwrote the costs of policy research that examined the strong links between living conditions and disease. My work will add yet another dimension to our understanding of the role of foundations in emerging policy domains. "
Professor Chambré plans "to do research on an unexplored topic: how private philanthropy and foundations played a very important role in the establishment and evolution of disease-related health organizations in the first half of the twentieth century."