Jessica L. Adler

Jessica L. Adler

Office: Modesto A. Maidique Campus, AHC5 449
Phone: 305-348-2328

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2013

Research Interests:

Dr. Jessica L. Adler 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. prisons and transformations in the late twentieth century veterans’ health program. Adler’s work has appeared in peer-reviewed publications, such as 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. In addition to producing scholarly work, she has written for The Washington Post, The Hill, The Miami Herald, and USA Today, and led public history projects, including humanities-focused reading and discussion groups geared towards military veterans. Adler also collaborates on interdisciplinary work with colleagues in the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work (RSCPHSW), where she has a joint appointment. Her work has been supported by the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Friends of the Princeton University Library, 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. She received a FIU Top Scholar Award in 2019 and a Columbia University Bancroft Dissertation Award in 2013.


Burdens of War: Creating the United States Veterans Health System
(Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2017)