Amy C. Sullivan, PhD

Oral Historian

Amy C. Sullivan, PhD, researches and teaches U.S. women’s history, children’s history, and the history of medicine. Specific interests include the history of drugs, alcohol, and addiction, trauma studies, and most especially, topics where the intersection of race, class, and gender influence these histories. She uses oral history, narrative, digital projects, and a robust public history mindset in all of her scholarship.

Dr. Sullivan is currently the Oral Historian for Moral Histories, a project based at Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics where she is interviewing the founders the field of bioethics.  She has taught in the History Department at Macalester College in St. Paul since 2015, and has worked as an independent researcher/oral historian for The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis and the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Based on oral history interviews with more than fifty narrators, her book Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss, and Redemption in the Rehab State (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), explores the complexity of America’s opioid epidemic through firsthand accounts of people grappling with the reverberating effects of stigma, treatment, and recovery.