Courses Taught


University of California, Berkeley:
The Drugs Wars (Spring 2017)

Reporting the News: Richmond Confidential (Fall 2016)
Environmental Health and Development (2004 – 2007)

Emory University:
Vaccines and Society
Global Health and the Media
Drugs and American Culture
Health and Politics in the 20th Century
Opium to Obamacare: The Pursuit of Health in the United States
Health, Environment, and Civil Rights
Health and the Humanities
History of Public Health
Disease and the City

Vaccination and Global Health

Selected Talks


"Vaccination and Society Since the Sixties," keynote address, Ethics, Epidemics, and Education: Public Health and the Federal Government, National Archives Southeast Region, Atlanta, GA, September 2016.


"America's Changing Relationship with Immunization," National Immunization Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 2016.


"Vaccines, Pesticides, and the Nature of Evidence," Paterson Lecture, Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, Calgary, Alberta, May 2016.


“Rethinking the American DDT Narrative,” History and Sociology of Science Workshop, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 2016.

“Vaccination and the Public in the 21st Century,” Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.

“Vaccination and Society,” National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, March 2016.

“The DDT Myths,” Chemical Heritage Foundation, December 2015.

“Vaccination Since the Sixties,” Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association, Chicago, IL, November 2015.

“Immunization, Public Health, and Trust: A Roundtable on Vaccination Controversies,” University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, October 2015.

“Vaccine Nation,” The Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta, GA, August 2015.

“Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization,” Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, Atlanta, GA, January 2015.

“Vaccine Risks and the American Media at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century,” Johns Hopkins University Colloquium on the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Baltimore, MD, February 2013.

“Immunizing Adults: Policy Opportunities and Approaches in the U.S.,” European Observatory, London, UK, October 2011.

“Filling the gaps? Mandating Nurse Staffing Ratios in the U.S.,” 8th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Health Policy and Reform, Krakow, Poland, July 2009.

“New Product, Old Problems? Public Debate Over Gardasil in the U.S.,” Bay Area History of Medicine Club, San Francisco, CA, March 2009.

“Regulation and Approval of the HPV Vaccine in the U.S.,” 7th Annual Symposium of the International Network for Health Policy and Reform, Ljubljana, Slovenia, July 2008.


Please email econis (at) berkeley (dot) edu for a full list of conference papers presented at meetings of the American Association of the History of Medicine, American Historical Association, American Public Health Association, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, American Society for Environmental History, Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, and the Organization of American Historians, and the Annual Women’s History Conference at Sarah Lawrence College, Annual Conference of the Western Association of Women Historians, International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health, and Southern History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Conference.

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

Talks & Teaching

Elena Conis