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Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson

Assistant Professor of 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.

Areas of Focus

  • History of Health Care
  • U.S. History
  • Urban History
  • Policy History
  • Business History
  • HIST 141C: Environmental History, Terra Learning Community

  • 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 491W: Senior Honors Seminar

  • HIST 602: Graduate Research Seminar

  • HIST 612: Contemporary United States



"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.


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


Media Related to Scholarship

  • 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)