Martha Groppo is a fifth year graduate student in the Department of History. Her research interests include the history of medicine, rural studies and the history of ideas. Her dissertation project examines a number of ambitious philanthropic rural healthcare schemes attempted across the British Empire from the 1880s to 1930s by an interconnected group of elite activists. She uses this network of rural healthcare activism as a lens through which to view the ever-changing value ascribed to rural lives by outsiders, exploring the various arguments developed to justify why rural patients merited healthcare. More broadly, Groppo is interested in healthcare access challenges, alternative medicine and the healthcare preferences of rural dwellers. Her work also explores the concepts of philanthropy, empathy and altruism. Before arriving at Princeton, Groppo graduated from the University of Kentucky with dual bachelor degrees in history and journalism.