- PhD, Dual-title Women's Studies & History Program, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
- MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2008
- BA, Syracuse University, 2006
In her dissertation, “Body Politic: Physique and Government in 20th Century America,” Rachel Louise Moran explores how the United States government developed policies over time meant to quite literally ‘shape’ American citizens. In exploring federal nutrition and exercise policy, Moran opens up a new field of inquiry into the overlap of citizenship, policy, health, and body image. From the height-weight tables of the Children’s Bureau to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Moran argues that managing and molding American bodies has long been an interest of federal agencies. She is advised by Jennifer Mittelstadt (Rutgers) and Lori Ginzberg. Her committee also includes Greg Eghigian and Chloe Silverman.
“Consuming Relief: Food Stamps and the New Welfare of the New Deal,” Journal of American History 76, March 2011: 1001-1022
Review of Dona Brown, Back to the Land: The Enduring Dream of Self-Sufficiency in Modern America, in Journal of American Studies 46, special issue 2, (May 2012): E40.
Awards and Service:
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Foundation (2011-2012)
Miller Center Fellowship in Politics and History, Miller Center for Public Affairs, University of Virginia (2011-2012)
National Science Foundation Research Improvement Grant, Science, Technology & Society Program (2011)
The Crawford Family Fellowship in Ethical Inquiry, Pennsylvania State University (2010-2011)
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Body Politic: Physique and Government in 20th Century America
This dissertation explores how the United States government developed policies over time meant to quite literally ‘shape’ American citizens.