Senior Fellow

Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN

  • Endowed Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans, Penn Nursing
  • Chair, Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, Penn Nursing
  • Director Emerita, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing, Penn Nursing

Julie Fairman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Endowed Nightingale Professor in Honor of Nursing Veterans at Penn Nursing and Chair of the Biobehavorial Health Sciences Department. Her research focuses on 20th century health care issues, in particular, the history of health policy as it relates to scope of practice and service models, and the history of technology. Her recent work examines the intersection of civil rights and health care. Her work has been funded by the NLM, NEH, the RWJ Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Program. In 2011 she was the first historian inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Research Hall of Fame. 

She the author/editor of four books. Her work has been published in NEJM, the Lancet, and Health Matrix. She has been interviewed by national and international media, including NPR, the New York Times, USA Today, and J&J media campaigns. Dr. Fairman directs the $20 million RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars Program and is Director Emerita of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at Penn. She is an American Academy of Nursing Fellow, Visiting Nurses Association of Philadelphia Trustee, and Board member of CGFNS. Dr. Fairman served as the 2009 Scholar in Residence at the IOM and worked with the Committee on the Future of Nursing. She is the first nurse to deliver the Garrison Lecture (the American Association for the History of Medicine) and address the American Philosophical Society. She holds a PhD and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania.

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