Amy C. Sullivan is an independent scholar and college professor. Her Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Illinois at Chicago focused on women’s history, children’s history, and the history of medicine. Specific research interests in these areas include the history of drugs, alcohol, addiction, and trauma studies. Her projects center life stories rooted in social change and healing through oral history, public history, and digital archives.
Dr. Sullivan has been a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Macalester College in St. Paul since 2015 and has worked as an independent researcher/writer for The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis and the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. She was the program director for the Self-Sufficiency Program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 2002-2011.
A second book and digital archive is in the works. What Fear Is Like: The Legacy of Trauma, Safety, and Security after the 1977 Girl Scout Murders recounts the infamous triple murder at Camp Scott in Locust Grove, Oklahoma from the perspective of the survivors, mostly young women at the time, and explores how the trauma had a lasting impact on their lives for decades afterwards.
She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her family.