• Dr. Jessica L. Adler, assistant professor of history and health policy and management at Florida International University, researches and teaches about U.S. health and social policy, war and society and American political development. Her first book, Burdens of War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017), is about the World War I-era origins of the nation’s largest integrated health care system. She continues to focus on federal involvement in health care in her current projects, which examine the history of medical services in U.S. correctional institutions and transformations in the late twentieth century veterans’ health program. Adler’s research has appeared in The American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences and she has composed book chapters for edited volumes on military and medical history. She has also written pieces for The Washington Post, The Hill, The Miami Herald and USA Today. A winner of the 2013 Columbia University Bancroft Dissertation Award, her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Florida Humanities Council, the FIU Office of the Provost Humanities Research Initiative, the Doris G. Quinn Foundation, the Institute for Political History and the U.S. Army Military History Institute.

research interests

  • History of U.S. Health Policy

selected scholarly works & creative activities


full name

  • Jessica Adler