Visiting Assistant Professor
Modern US History, PTSD and trauma studies, child psychology, and addiction studies
Old Main 308, 651-696-6819
Amy C. Sullivan received her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013 with concentrations in women’s history, children’s history, and the history of medicine. Her research interests in these areas include PTSD history and trauma studies, child psychology, and drug history/addiction studies, with an emphasis on oral history sources. She is currently at work on a history of the heroin/opiate pain pill epidemic in Minnesota between 1980-2017. A second book project, ‘What fear is like’: The Legacy of Trauma, Safety, and Security after the 1977 Girl Scout Murders, recasts in narrative form an infamous triple murder from the perspective of survivors, mostly young women at the time, and explores how the trauma had a lasting impact on their lives for decades.
Dr. Sullivan taught in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 2002-2011 and served as program director of the department’s Self-Sufficiency Program, a one-semester college prep course for low-income parents.