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Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson

Assistant Professor of History and Director of Undergraduate Research in History
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

College Hall 612
Phone: 412.396.2634


Ph.D., History, Carnegie Mellon University
M.A., History, American University
B.A., History and Conflict Studies, DePauw University

Andrew Simpson's scholarship examines the relationship between cities and academic medical centers in the late twentieth century United States. He is currently working on a manuscript examining the development of health care institutions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Houston, Texas.

Other projects include work on the history of telemedicine, focused especially on the role of NASA, and the history of emergency medical services in the United States. Simpson has worked with the Program for Deliberative Democracy to help foster public dialogue around issues of resource allocation in a public health emergency.

At Duquesne, he teaches courses on health care history, urban history, environmental history, and U.S. and global history. He is a founding member of the Terra Learning Community.

Prior to attending graduate school, Simpson worked in community development and on political campaigns.

  • HIST 141C: Environmental History, Terra Learning Community (Spring 2016)

  • HIST 151: Shaping of the Modern World

  • HIST 204: History of the United States since 1877

  • HIST 222: Flatlined: History and Politics of U.S. Health Care

  • HIST 470W/570: History of Urban America

  • HIST 574: Modern America, U.S. History 1929 to the Present


Health and Renaissance: Academic Medicine and the Remaking of Modern Pittsburgh, The Journal of Urban History. No. 41, Vol. 1, January 2015.

Transporting Lazarus: Physicians, the State, and the Creation of the Modern Paramedic and Ambulance, 1955-1974, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. Volume 68, Issue 2, April 2013.


Andrew W. Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion F'12

Richard Harrison Shryock Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine