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Dr. Jane Pacht Brickman

Professor, Humanities

Year Started



  • Ph.D. American History, City University of NY, Graduate Center
  • MA History Queens College, City University of NY
  • BA History Queens College

Teaching Interests

  • Modern American History
  • History of Philosophy
  • Ethical Studies

Research Interests

  • Medical History
  • Gender Integration
  • Women's History


Dr. Jane Pacht Brickman is Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. She teaches courses in American History, Philosophy, and Social and Business Ethics. From 1994 until 2011,she served as Head of the Department of Humanities at the Academy. Earlier, she was the Women's Advisor to the female midshipmen at the USMMA, the first federal service academy to admit women. She chairs the Human Relations Committee, which assures an Academy climate that fosters gender and racial equity and equal opportunity.

Dr. Brickman holds a Ph.D. in History from the City University of New York. Her scholarship and publications are in the fields of medical history, with a focus on twentieth-century medical reformers and the impact of McCarthyism on medicine, and the integration of women in traditionally male work environments. She has published articles and reviews in Naval Institute Proceedings; The American Neptune, Science; Doctors, Nurses, and Medical Practitioners; Women's Studies Encyclopedia; the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences; and the Journal of Public Health Policy, as well as chapters in anthologies.

Currently, Dr. Brickman is assembling an oral history exploring the changes in the maritime industry since the inclusion of women. In October 2008, she presented "Sailing Commercially: Women Tell Their Stories," at the International Multidisciplinary Women's Congress in lzmir, Turkey.

Recent Publications

"Medical McCarthyism and the Punishment of Internationalist Physicians in the United States." Chap. 5 of Comrades in Health: U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home. Edited by Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore M. Brown. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013.

Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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