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Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson

Assistant Professor of History, Internship Coordinator
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. His first book, The Medical Metropolis: Health Care and Economic Transformation in Pittsburgh and Houston is forthcoming with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Other projects include work on the history of telemedicine, focused especially on the role of NASA, the history of emergency medical services in the United States, and multidisciplinary work examining the relationship between health vocational training, economic opportunity, and health disparities. Simpson has also 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, state and local history, United States history, and global history. He is a founding member of the Terra Learning Community and is currently the History Department Internship Coordinator.

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

Areas of Focus

  • History of Health Care
  • U.S. History
  • Urban History
  • Policy History
  • Business History
  • Environmental History
  • HIST 141: Environmental History

  • HIST 141C: Environmental History, Terra Learning Community

  • HIST 151: Shaping of the Modern World

  • HIST 204: The United States Since 1877

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

  • HIST 329: Pennsylvania and the American Nation

  • HIST/POSC 388: The United States Since 1945

  • HIST 470W/570: The History of Urban America

  • HIST 491W: Senior Honors Seminar

  • HIST 499W: Modern America, U.S. History 1929 to the Present Independent Study

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

  • HIST 599: American Environmental History Independent Study

  • HIST 599: Environmental History Independent Study

  • HIST 602: Graduate Research Seminar

  • HIST 612: Contemporary United States



The Medical Metropolis: Health Care and Economic Transformation in Pittsburgh and Houston
(In Press, University of Pennsylvania Press, Fall 2019).

"Interagency Cooperation in the Twilight of the Great Society: Telemedicine, NASA, and the Papago Nation" Andrew T. Simpson, Charles R. Doarn, Stephen Garber Journal of Policy History, (accepted for publication).

"We Will Gladly Join You in Partnership in Harrisburg or We Will See You in Court: The Growth of Large Not-for-Profits and Consequences of the 'Eds and Meds' Renaissance in the New Pittsburgh," The Journal of Urban History. Volume 42, No. 2, March 2016.

"Health and Renaissance: Academic Medicine and the Remaking of Modern Pittsburgh," The Journal of Urban History. Volume 41, No. 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, No. 2, April 2013. Winner of the 2016 Stanley Jackson Prize.

Invited Talks (selected)

"Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and his Influence in the Changing Business of Health Care and the Delivery of American Medicine" National Library of Medicine, 3rd Annual Michael E. DeBakey Lecture in the History of Medicine" (May 2019)

"The Echoes of 1968: Examining the National and Local Effects of a Turbulent Year in American History" Duquesne University Alumni Association (June 2018)

"Gentrification, Class, and Race: A Screening of East of Liberty" Member of discussion panel about urban change in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. Duquesne University (September 2017)

"Healing the Post-Industrial City: Thinking Critically About Academic Medicine and Urban Change" invited talk for Center for Interpretative and Qualitative Research, Duquesne University (November 2016)

"Writing Eds and Meds in Pittsburgh: Historical Content and Archival Practice" Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (April 2016)


Rangos Prize, Duquesne University for "Health Inequalities, Professional Preparation, and the Pittsburgh Region: A Multidisciplinary, Community-Engaged Course to Prepare Generation Z for the Future" with Cathleen Appelt and Jessica Devido (Summer 2019)

Rangos Prize, Duquesne University for "Interprofessional Roundtables: Innovating Solutions to Contemporary Mental Health Challenges and Social Injustice" with Cathleen Appelt, Meghan Blakowitz, Ann Stuart, Bridget Calhoun, Jordan Covvey, Jessica Devido, Tammy Hughes, Rachel Kallem Whitman, and Tiffany Sizemore

Stanley Jackson Prize, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences

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

The Gaultier Community-Engaged Teaching Fellowship

The NLM Michael E. DeBakey Fellowship in the History of Medicine


Media Related to Scholarship

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, quoted discussing the history of July 4th celebrations, "How Did the Colonists Celebrate Independence Day? It Took a While to Catch On" (July 4, 2019)

  • WESA, quoted discussing access to Highmark and UPMC plans in light of the new agreement between the two organizations, "New Agreement Doesn't Mean All Highmark Insurance Plans Will Include UPMC Access" (June 27, 2019)

  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, quoted discussing President Trump's refusal to release his tax returns, "Trump's Refusal to Release His Tax Returns Breaks a Long Presidential Tradition"  (May 6, 2019)

  • KDKA News Radio Discussing US Steel's Decision to expand employee benefits, "U.S. Steel Extends Benefits to Include Parental Leave, Gender Confirmation Coverage" (March 22, 2019)

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing President Trump's Relationship with North Korea (March 3, 2019)

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing the Government Shutdown (January 13, 2019)

  • KDKA News Radio Discussing UPMC's increasing income, "UPMC Income Has Increased $2.5 Billion Since 2017" (November 21, 2018)

  • KDKA News Radio Discussing UPMC's Pre-Pay Rule for Medicare Advantage, "Dr. Andrew Simpson on the UPMC Prepay Rule" (October 3, 2018)

  • KDKA News Radio Discussing the protests surrounding Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination, "Heck No, He Won't Go!"
    (September 6, 2018)

  • KDKA News Radio Discussing "Skinny" Health Insurance Plans, "We All Need It.. Health Insurance" (August 2, 2018)

  • KDKA News Radio Discussing Highmark/UPMC Medicare Advantage (July 19, 2018)

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing President Trump's Diplomacy (July 15, 2018)

  • WTAE Interview Discussing Health Care (portions aired February 1, 2018)

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing Tax Reform Efforts (November 26, 2017)

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing Health Care Reform (May 26, 2017)

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing Neil Gorsuch's Appointment to the Supreme Court (April 16, 2017)

  • KDKA Evening News Discussing House GOPs withdrawal of the health care bill (March 24, 2017)

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing the Presidency and the Press (February 19, 2017)

  • KDKA Sunday Business Page discussing the start of the Trump Administration (February 12, 2017)

  • WPXI Evening News Discussing Donald Trump's First 100 Days (November 9, 2016)

  • Beaver County Times, Discussing Election 2016 and Election Turnout (November 9 and November 8,

  • KD/PG Sunday Edition Discussing Election 2016, KDKA TV (October 23, 2016)

  • WQED Election 2016, "Heath Care" (March 2016)

  • WVBP Beaver County, Interview to Promote Duquesne History Forum and Discuss Medicare (October 2015)

  • Quoted in "Census Report: Beaver County's uninsured stays stagnant in 2014" speaking about the Affordable Care Act. Ellwood City Ledger. (September 2015)

  • Quoted in "The Highmark Health gamble: How risky is insurer-hospital integration?" speaking about Highmark's market strategy. healthcaredive.com (June 2014)

  • Quoted in "Highmark, BCNEPA Signal Intent to Pursue ‘Stronger Affiliation" speaking about Highmark's market position and health care reform in The AIS Report on Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans (December 2013)