Selected Writing


About me

Selected Research

I'm a historian of U.S. public health and medicine, with a special focus on the history of infectious diseases, environmental health, vaccines, pesticides, scientific controversies, and the public's understanding of health and health science.


My research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities,  the Science History Institute, UCLA's Charles Donald O'Malley Research Fellowship, and Emory University, where I was formerly the Mellon Foundation Faculty Fellow in Health and the Humanities and a faculty member in the Department of History.


At Berkeley, I teach in the Graduate School of Journalism and the Media Studies Program, and I direct the joint graduate program in Public Health and Journalism.


Education:

PhD, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine

MS, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

MJ, University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism

BA, Columbia University


The DDT Myths: Health and the Environment in the U.S. (work in progress)


Pink and Blue: The Gendered Culture of Pediatrics (work in progress, with Aimee Medeiros and Sandra Eder)


Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with 

Immunization, University of Chicago Press, 2015; recipient of the American Public Health Association's Arthur J. Viseltear Award, 2015   


DDT, Polio, and Public Health in the U.S. After World War II, Environmental History


Vaccines, Pesticides, and Narratives of Exposure and Evidence, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History; AMS Paterson Lecture 


DDT Disbelievers: Health and the New Economic Poisons in Georgia after World War II, Southern Spaces


Vaccination Resistance in Historical Perspective, The American Historian


A Mother’s Responsibility: Women, Medicine, and the Rise of Contemporary Vaccine Skepticism in the U.S., Bulletin of the History of Medicine


'Do We Really Need Hepatitis B on the Second Day of Life?’ Vaccination Mandates and Shifting Representations of Hepatitis B, Journal of Medical Humanities


Debating the Health Effects of DDT: Thomas Jukes, Charles Wurster, and the Fate of an Environmental Pollutant, Public Health Reports