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George Aumoithe

Bowdoin College

History and Africana Studies & Gay and Lesbian Studies



George Aumoithe is a Point Foundation alum from the 2009 Scholar class. In 2011, he received his B.A. from Bowdoin College with a double major in history and Africana studies (with honors) and a minor in gay and lesbian studies. George was the co-founder and co-editor of Q Magazine, which addressed LGBTQ issues on campus. He was student director of the Queer-Trans Resource Center and coordinated the OutPeers and OutAllies peer mentoring programs that helped LGBTQ students at Bowdoin College. Point Foundation was instrumental in launching two community initiatives that focused on the intersectional experiences of queer students of color and student athletes. After briefly working on educational policy at the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, George began a doctoral program in American history and the history of public health at Columbia University. He received his M.A. in U.S. history in 2013 and his M.Phil. in 2014. George is currently a doctoral candidate and teaches the history of health policy and comparative welfare states. His dissertation Epidemic Preparedness in the Age of Chronic Illness: Public Health and Welfare Politics in the United States, 1965-2000 examines the history of Medicaid, health planning, and public hospitals leading up to the AIDS epidemic. The dissertation's research spans the development of health policy in seven presidential administrations from Lyndon B. Johnson to Bill Clinton. It also looks at the social advocacy organizations, conservative pressure groups, and AIDS activism that shaped healthcare policy. George's research has been supported by the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Social Science Research Council, the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, the American Philosophical Society, and the Center for Engaged Scholarship. He has written for Social Difference Online, the Civil Rights (1954-2015) (Defining Documents in American History) series, and the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. George has also edited and research assisted books on the Temperance movement and the history of policing in the U.S. The latter, Chris Hayes' A Colony in a Nation, was recently published by W. W. Norton & Company. Born in East New York and raised in South Florida, George is happy to reside in Brooklyn. In his spare time, he volunteers for Columbia Health's Gay Health Advocacy Project, which provides free peer counseling and testing to undergraduate and graduate students. A former member of the New York City Master Chorale, George now sings and records music solo. An avid yogi, he is completing his 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification and is eager to build opportunities for Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights youth to practice mindfulness and become politically engaged.

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