The Saffron Scourge: Yellow Fever in Louisiana, 1796-1905
Jody at Jane's Ph.D. reception.
Overall, Jody’s experience at UNO has been a very positive one. She talks about the freedom to teach a variety of classes on diverse subject matter and to develop different kinds of courses. At LSU, she was limited in what she could teach. UNO did expect her to teach surveys and develop a class on urban history, but she also originated a course in the History of American Medicine and Public Health, which she taught regularly. She taught women’s history several times, as well as historical research methods. Her graduate seminars were almost all in medical history, but she did offer one on history of “the family” and one on quantitative methods in history, experimentally.
Jody also speaks of the opportunities working at UNO has afforded her, including teaching at two Air Force bases in England (RAF Bentwaters and RAF Lakenheath-Mildenhall) through the International Studies Program. From January to July 1976, she taught urban and medical history on base, which was an interesting experience. She says you had to be prepared for anything. One evening, there was a sudden alarm and the building had to be evacuated because of a bomb scare. It was a fun experience though. Jody taught two nights a week for about four hours, and, with no committee meetings or daytime office hours, she bought a car and traveled, not only in England, but some weekend package deals in France and Italy, arranged through base travel office.
She enjoyed her time there, and seems to have had an impact on at least some of her students. In an evaluation of one of her classes in medical history, a student at Lakenheath wrote this of her:
Dr. Carrigan is a nightmare to the indifferent student, but the epitome of professionalism to those who are in class to learn. I have never been so stimulated, challenged and awakened to interesting facts. . . . This is a very rare and valuable teacher. My life is indeed enriched by her. . . .
This review clearly demonstrates the passion and dedication Jody brings to her work, but her achievements are not limited to teaching.
Her major work, The Saffron Scourge: Yellow Fever in Louisiana, 1796-1905, was published in 1994. In addition to this, she has published more than twenty articles and book chapters, served as editor of books and journals, was Program Coordinator of the Missouri Valley History Conference, served on many M.A. and Ph.D. committees, and participated in a number of professional organizations and honor societies. She was president of the Southern Association for Women Historians, 1981-1982. Jody has traveled in the U.S. and Canada to present papers and as a visiting lecturer; in the local community she has also presented lectures at a variety of places including high schools, the Omaha Genealogical Society, and the History of Medicine Group. She was awarded one of the UNMC College of Medicine Volunteer Faculty Awards in 2004. Her nominator commented “Dr. Carrigan teaches us about