Selected Articles and Op Eds

Political Ills: The political and scientific haggling behind two medical experiments, Distillations, Summer 2016.

Vaccination Resistance in Historical Perspective, The American Historian, August 2015.

Measles: How vaccines change the way we think about disease, Sydney Morning Herald, Feb 23, 2015.

We can’t just blame anti-vaxxers for the measles outbreak. Parents skip vaccines for many reasons,, February 2, 2015.

How the Poor Get Blamed for Disease,, November 9, 2014.

Vaccines, autism and the media’s shame,, November 8, 2014.

Blaming Moms for Vaccine Trends,, September 24, 2014.


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Selected Scholarship

Conis, E. "Vaccines, Pesticides, and Narratives of Exposure and Evidence," Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 34.2 (2017): 297-326.  

Conis, E. "Polio, DDT, and Disease Risk in the U.S. After World War II," Environmental History, published online August 1, 2017.

Conis, E. "DDT Disbelievers: Health and the New Economic Poisons in Georgia After World War II," Southern Spaces, October 28, 2016.

Conis, E. “A Mother’s Responsibility: Women, Medicine, and the Rise of Contemporary Vaccine Skepticism in the U.S.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87.3 (2013): 407-435.

Conis, E. “‘Do We Really Need Hepatitis B on the Second Day of Life?’ Vaccination Mandates and Shifting Representations of Hepatitis B.” Journal of Medical Humanities 32.2 (2011): 155-166.

Conis, E. “Debating the Health Effects of DDT: Thomas Jukes, Charles Wurster, and the Fate of an Environmental Pollutant.” Public Health Reports 125.2 (2010): 337-342.

Selected Book reviews

Richard C. Keller's Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003, Environmental History 23.1 (January 2018): 208-210.

Featured Review: Nancy Tomes, Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers, The American Historical Review, 121.5 (December 2016): 1616-1619.

Setting the Record Straight on DDT: A Review of The DDT Wars,  BioScience 66.4 (April 2016): 329-331.

Toxic Knowledge: A Review of Baptized in PCBs, Southern Spaces, August 19, 2015.

Guenter B. Risse’s Plague, Fear, and Politics in San Francisco’s Chinatown, Isis 104.3 (September 2013): 634-635.  

Mark Largent’s Vaccine: The Debate in Modern America, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87.3 (Fall 2013): 491-492.

Karen Kruse Thomas’s Deluxe Jim Crow: Civil Rights and American Health Policy, 1935 – 1954, The Historian 75.1 (Spring 2013): 159-161.

Elena Conis