Pandemic Histories

Resources for Research, Practice, and Teaching

Resource List

June 18, 2020 | "Condemned to Repeat It”: The U.S. Response to COVID-19 | Constance A. Nathanson | ASA Footnoes

June 17, 2020 | How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases | Ferris Jabr | The New York Times

June 10, 2020 | What 1966 Can Teach Us About the Future of Primary Care: The Case for Communities of Solution | The Milbank Quarterly

May 14, 2020 | From Black Death to fatal flu, past pandemics show why people on the margins suffer most | Science

April 16, 2020'We Haven't Learned From History': 'Radio Influenza' Is A Warning From 1918 | NPR

March 30, 2020 | What Our Contagion Fables Are Really About | Jill Lepore | The New Yorker

March 27, 2020Historical linkages: epidemic threat, economic risk, and xenophobia | The Lancet

March 22, 2020 | The Epidemics America Got Wrong | Jim Downs | The Atlantic

March 6, 2020 | Didactic Historicism and the Historical Consciousness of Epidemics | Christos Lynteris | Somatosphere

Selected Pre-COVID-19 Resources

2020 | The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris |  Mark Honigsbaum | W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

2019 | Global health futures? Reckoning with a pandemic bond | Susan Erikson | Medicine Anthropology Theory

2020 | Avian Reservoirs Virus Hunters and Birdwatchers in Chinese Sentinel Posts | Frédéric Keck | Duke University Press

2019 | Mass Vaccination: Citizens' Bodies and State Power in Modern China | Mary Augusta Brazelton | Cornell University Press

2019 | Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present | Frank M. Snowden | Yale University Press

2017 | Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency | Andrew Lakoff | University of California Press

2017 | American Pandemic: The Lost Worlds of the 1918 Influenza Epidemic | Nancy Bristow | Oxford University Press

2016 | Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic | Paul Richards | Zed Books

2016 | Quarantine: Local and Global Histories | Alison Bashford (Ed.) | MacMillan International

2016Infectious Change Reinventing Chinese Public Health After an Epidemic | Katherine A. Mason | Stanford University Press

2015 | The Pandemic Perhaps: Dramatic Events in a Public Culture of Danger | Carlo Caduff | University of California Press

2014 | Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entangelment | Alex M. Nading | University of California Press

2014 | The Viral Network: A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic | Theresa MacPhail | Cornell University Press

2014 | Treating AIDS: Politics of Difference, Paradox of Prevention | Thurka Sangaramoorthy | Rutgers University Press

2013 | Knowledge in the Time of Cholera The Struggle Over American Medicine in the Nineteenth Century | Owen Whooley | University of Chicago Press

2012 | H1N1, globalization and the epidemiology of inequality | Matthew Sparke and Dimitar Anguelov | Health & Place

2012 | Fevered Measures Public Health and Race at the Texas-Mexico Border, 1848–1942 | John Mckiernan-González | Duke University Press

2011 | Infectious Ideas U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis | Jennifer Brier | The University of North Carolina Press

2010 | The Burdens of Disease  Epidemics and Human Response in Western History | J. N. Hays | Rutgers University Press

2009 | Epidemic Invasions Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930 | Mariola Espinosa | The University of Chicago Press

2008 | Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative | Priscilla Wald | Duke University Press

2008 | Theorizing modernity conspiratorially: Science, scale, and the political economy of public discourse in explanations of a cholera epidemic | Charles L. Briggs | American Ethnologist

2007 | SARS and New York's Chinatown: The politics of risk and blame during an epidemic of fear | Laura Eichelberger | Social Science & Medicine

2006 | Fit to Be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 | Natalia Molina | University of California Press

2004 | Stories in the Time of Cholera Racial Profiling during a Medical Nightmare | Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs | University of California Press

2003 | Why Nation-States and Journalists Can't Teach People to Be Healthy: Power and Pragmatic Miscalculation in Public Discourses on Health | Charles L. Briggs | Medical Anthropology Quarterly

2001 | Contagious Divides Epidemics and Race in San Francisco's Chinatown |  Nayan Shah | Uniersity of California Press

1999 | How to Have Theory in an Epidemic:  Cultural Chronicles of AIDS | Paula A. Treichler | Duke University Press

1999 | Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues | Paul Farmer| University of California Press

1998 | Impure Science AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge | Steven Epstein | University of California Press