Elena Conis

Historian & Writer



Elena Conis is a writer and historian of medicine, health, and the environment. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, Elena was a history professor and the Mellon Fellow in Health and Humanities at Emory University, the Cain Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and an award-winning health columnist for the Los Angeles Times. She holds a PhD in history from UCSF (where she is an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine), masters degrees in journalism and public health from Berkeley, and a bachelors degree in biology from Columbia University.

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Image: Hôtel-Dieu de Paris, “Disease and the City,” Human Health in Paris Summer Program, Emory University, 2014.