Alumni (National Fellow)

Rachel Moran

National Fellow
B.A. Syracuse University (2006)
M.A. Pennsylvania State University (2008)
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University (2012)
Dream Mentor:
Margot Canaday
Princeton University
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Gender History
Healthcare Policy
Political Economy


Rachel Moran is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Texas. She completed a dual Ph.D. in history and women’s studies at the Pennsylvania State University in 2013. Moran’s book, Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), examines how the United States government developed policies over time meant to quite literally ’shape’ American citizens. She is currently writing on the politics of women’s mental health in the modern United States. In addition to the Miller Center National Fellowship, Moran has also held a Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant, and a fellowship from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Thesis Description:

Body Politic: Federal Policy-Making on American Physique, 1890-1965

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