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Jonathan Engel


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  • Baruch College/CUNY
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  • One Bernard Baruch Way, Box D-0901
  • New York NY, 10010


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Jonathan Engel conducts research in the historical evolution of U.S. health and social welfare policy. His books are Doctors and Reformers: Discussion and Debate on Health Policy, 1925-1950 (University of South Carolina Press, 2002); Poor People’s Medicine: Medicaid and U.S. Charity Care Since 1965 (Duke University Press, 2006); The Epidemic: A History of AIDS (Smithsonian Books, 2006); American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States (Gotham Books of Penguin/Putnam, 2008); Unaffordable: American Healthcare from Johnson to Trump (University of Wisconsin, 2017); and Fat Nation: Obesity in America Since 1945 (forthcoming). He is currently writing a history of science policy in the United States during the Cold War, tentatively titled Transforming American Science. .

Professor Engel teaches courses in the healthcare policy track of the MPA, in addition to teaching the research methods sequence. Prior to joining Baruch College in 2008, he was a professor of healthcare policy and management at Seton Hall University for 13 years. He has also taught courses in healthcare finance and policy at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and at the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves as Faculty Development Coordinator for the Marxe School.

He received his B.A. from Harvard in the history of science in 1986, his MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1991, and his Ph.D. in the history of medicine and science from Yale Graduate School in 1994.

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