A native of Bourne, England, Rosemary A. Stevens, PhD immigrated to the United States in 1961 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford and a diploma in social administration from Manchester University. Upon arriving in the United States, she attended Yale University, where she obtained a Master of Public Health and a Doctor of Philosophy. For her dedicated work in the field, she has received several honorary degrees from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University College of Medicine), Northeast Ohio Medical University, and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Stevens began her career as a guest scholar at The Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. and as a visiting lecturer at Johns Hopkins University. After receiving her doctoral degree, she remained at Yale University from 1968 to 1976, rising from assistant professor to full professor. She then became a professor of history and sociology of science at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 2000.
Also at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Stevens served as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 1996. She was then named a Stanley I. Sheerr endowed term professor from 1997 to 2001, before taking on the title of professor emeritus. In 2005, she also became a DeWitt Wallace distinguished scholar of social medicine and public policy in the department of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine.
During her prolific career, Dr. Stevens has also held other academic appointments in the field, including as academic visitor at the London School of Economics and senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. Civically, she was active on the board of directors of the Milbank Memorial Fund from 1980 to 2017. Today, in her current position, Dr. Stevens’ work focuses on U.S. government health and social policy during the early 1920’s.
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