Elena Conis

Research for this work-in-progress has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Chemical Heritage Foundation,  and the University Research Committee of Emory University.

Books

The DDT Myths: American Health and the Environment Since the Second World War

Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization

University of Chicago Press, 2014

Arthur J. Viseltear Award, American Public Health Association
Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award
Weekly best science pick, Nature

“How do some people in a country that rejoiced in vaccines for killers like polio wind up wary of them? Emory University historian Elena Conis goes sleuthing in her book, ‘Vaccine Nation: America's Changing Relationship with Immunization,’ finding answers in science, politics and shifting cultural standards about how we vaccinate and what our doubts are.”  Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times

“Conis brings out the complexities of the rise of vaccine-safety and anti-vaccination movements in the US with great skill.”  Helen Bynum, Times Higher Education

“Vaccine Nation is a remarkably insightful first book, which is already causing a splash…Prof. Conis clearly isn’t an ‘anti-vaxxer,’ but she has produced a strikingly honest, fair-minded, and informed chronicle of the vaccine controversy in the United States.”  Jonathan Rose, Age of Autism

“Penetrating…Conis offers punchy and accessible prose as she skillfully traces the ebb-and-flow of vaccine history from the 1960s to the present.”  Lucas Richert, Social History of Medicine