Adam Biggs


Adam Biggs is a historian of race, medicine, and civil rights. His research explores how early-twentieth century Black doctors used professional medicine to advocate for racial justice and examines how understandings of academic and professional merit are shaped by racial politics. His book project titled, Strange Cures: Black Doctors, Harlem Hospital, and the New Negro in American Medicine, 1919-1935, examines the role Black doctors played in the desegregation of Harlem Hospital.

Professor Biggs has taught courses on the history of race, science, and medicine; American history; and African American studies and guides the Racial Justice Lab at RPI. In the classroom, he invites students to explore, experiment, and reflect on the past in generative ways to cultivate their curiosity and facilitate their development as creative and critical thinkers.

Before arriving in Troy, he served in post-doctorate positions at the Scarlet and Black Research Center at Rutgers University and in the Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has also served on the faculty at the University of South Carolina Lancaster and Claflin University. Professor Biggs received his doctorate from the American Studies program at Harvard University.


Primary Research Focus
Race, Civil Rights, and the History of Medicine
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