Heidi Morefield

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Office Location: 
118 Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building

Heidi Morefield is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Global Health Program at the Woodrow Wilson School Center for Health and Wellbeing. She received her Ph.D. in History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University in May 2019. Dr. Morefield’s teaching and research interests include the histories of technology, capitalism, public health, and international development. Her first book, Developing to Scale: Technology and the Making of Global Health, examines the techno-centric structure of global health practice through the history of the concept of “appropriate technology.” Focusing on how certain technologies have been defined as more or less “appropriate” for the global south, based on assumptions about gender, race, culture, and environment, she shows how questions of technological scale have fundamentally shaped global health practice today. Dr. Morefield's work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health, the Ford Presidential Foundation, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. Her work has been published in Diplomatic History, The Washington Post, and Circulating Now.