DANIEL SLEDGE: WRITINGS HOPE TO HELP ERADICATE MALARIA
Sycamore School ‘96 alum Daniel Sledge and his fellow alum George Mohler combined forces to write a submission to the esteemed American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). The paper explores how Malaria was eradicated in the American South in the 1930s and seeks to reconsider how that data may help us eradicate malaria in the global south today. Their work was accepted by the journal and published last year.
Sledge holds a B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University, and both an M.A. and a PhD in the subject of Government from Cornell University. He serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas in the Department of Political Science and finds research stimulating and practically useful.
“My main interest is in how government and politics affects the lives of regular people. I deal with public health and how the federal government became involved in trying to stimulate and coordinate the public health efforts at the local level. Mission-wise, I teach a huge number of people, and I like to give them information and get them to think about the world,” said Sledge.
When Sledge had an idea of the paper he wanted to submit to the AJPH, he turned to his Sycamore network to find help with research and data modeling. He called on Mohler, who holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Indiana University, and both an M.A. and PhD in Mathematics from the University of California. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Santa Clara University.
“Someone who I collaborate with in research in the present day is someone I went to middle school with at Sycamore. That’s positive outcome, from my perspective.”
Sledge remembers his first exposure to government studies came from his Sycamore middle school teacher,
Jeff Stroebel. Sledge said, “It is absolutely accurate to say that my experience in social studies with Strobel influenced my later career development and exposed me to politics and history in ways that I found exciting then, and continue to excite me to this day.”