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Erica Westly
Unaffiliated independent scholar
The History and Culture of Drowning in America

Research and writing leading to the publication of a book on the cultural history of drowning in the United States.

A general nonfiction book that uses modern-day and historical narratives, discussions of public health data, and literary analyses to illustrate how Americans drown and why. Accidental drownings are a significant public health problem in the U.S., killing nearly 4,000 Americans each year, most of them young. Drownings are also an old public health problem, with known solutions. Yet they are often misunderstood and overlooked.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Public Scholars

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 4/30/2020