Melanie Beals Goan, Ph.D.


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    Research Interests
    • 20th century US history
    • Appalachian history
    • gender
    • healthcare
    • Appalachian Center
    • Health, Society and Populations
    • History


    Professor Goan is a specialist in twentieth century US history, with specific interests in gender, Appalachia/Kentucky, and medical history.  Her first book  Mary Breckinridge: The Frontier Nursing Service and Rural Health in Appalachia (University of North Carolina Press), was published in 2008.  The University Press of Kentucky published her second book, A Simple Justice: Kentucky Women Fight for the Vote, in 2020.  She is currently working with the Documenting Racial Violence in Kentucky project.  She serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the History Department.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Kentucky


    Master of Arts, University Of Kentucky


    Bachelor of Arts, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania



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