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 ourselves through the lens of medical history with charm and enthusiasm.”
In recent years as adjunct professor at UNMC, Jody was involved in team teaching “Issues in Public Health, Past and Present” with Andrew Jameton, a bioethicist, and she has also taught medical history to students as an independent study course from time to time. She has served and continues to serve on several UNMC interdisciplinary doctoral committees, still goes to history conferences and gives presentations, and reads and critiques manuscripts that are being considered for publication in history journals. Most recently, Jody finished work for a forthcoming 2014 paperback reissue of The Saffron Scourge, which is to include her new chapter on yellow fever historiography since the book’s original publication in 1994. Still, nearly 20 years after her retirement from UNO, Jody continues to learn and teach. She likes learning new things—especially Yoga and Tai Chi.
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