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 National Library of Medicine, 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.
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
What to Expect When a Coronavirus Vaccine Finally Arrives, New York Times
Why Both Major Political Parties Have Failed to Curb Dangerous Pesticides, The Washington Post
Rounding Up the Risks of Big Ag, Los Angeles Review of Books
How Vaccines Change the Way We Think About Disease, The Sydney Morning Herald
Beyond Silent Spring: An Alternate History of DDT, Distillations
We Can't Just Blame Anti-Vaxxers for the Measles, The Washington Post
How the Poor Get Blamed for Disease, The Atlantic
Blaming Moms for Vaccine Trends, Philly.com
Science for Hire: How DDT Became Our Most Controversial Pesticide (work in progress)
Pink and Blue: The Gendered Culture of Pediatrics (forthcoming from Rutgers University Press, with Aimee Medeiros and Sandra Eder)
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
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