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Environment in Asia Lecture Series – Infectious Diseases and Public Health Management in China: From Historical and Anthropological Perspectives

November 20, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Nicole Elizabeth Barnes, Duke University
Mary Augusta Brazelton, The University of Cambridge
Miriam Gross, The University of Oklahoma
Elanah Uretsky, Brandeis University

Moderator: Ling Zhang, Boston College

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China, 1937-1945an open access e-book published by the University of California Press in 2018 that received the 2019 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association and the 2020 William H. Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine. She researches history of medicine, women, and gender in twentieth-century China.

Mary Augusta Brazelton is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the University of Cambridge. Her book Mass Vaccination: Citizens’ Bodies and State Power in Modern China (Cornell University Press, 2019) examines the history of mass immunization in twentieth-century China. It suggests that the origins of the vaccination policies that eradicated smallpox and controlled other infectious diseases in the 1950s, providing an important basis for the emergence of Chinese health policy as a model for global health, can be traced to research and development in southwest China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. She has also published work on the history of penicillin development and tuberculosis control in China, as well as the history of Peking Union Medical College, and is the 2019 recipient of the Zhu Kezhen Senior Award from the International Society for the History of East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine. Her research interests lie broadly in historical intersections of science, technology, and medicine in China and around the world.  At Cambridge, she is an affiliated lecturer in East Asian Studies in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and a member of the World History Subject Group in the Faculty of History, as well as a Research Fellow at the Needham Research Institute. She received her PhD at Yale and has taught at Tufts University.

Miriam Gross is an Associate Professor in the Departments’ of History and of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma, Norman.  She received her Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University in 2002, and her Ph.D. in Modern Chinese history from the University of California, San Diego in 2010, under the direction of Professors’ Joseph Esherick and Paul Pickowicz.  Her first book, Farewell to the God of Plague: Chairman Mao’s Campaign to Deworm China, was published by the University of California Press in 2016.  Her research focuses on the popularization, politicization, and contestation of science and medicine in the countryside in modern China as well as China’s medical diplomacy abroad.  Currently she is writing a book on COVID-19 that explores its roots in China and analyzes comparative global management and control strategies.

Elanah Uretsky is an Associate Professor of International and Global Studies at Brandeis University where she teaches courses on global health, China and East Asia, and human rights.  Trained as a medical anthropologist of China, Professor Uretsky has twenty years of experience conducting research on the impact of gender, sexuality, and governance on HIV/AIDS and chronic disease in China. Her first book, Occupational Hazards: Sex, Business and HIV/AIDS in Post-Mao China, discusses the impact that China’s culture of male networking practices has had on the development, trajectory, and administration of China’s HIV epidemic. Professor Uretsky has also examined China’s increasing involvement in the global health field and has conducted research on the health of African migrants living in the city of Guangzhou.  Prior to teaching at Brandeis, Professor Uretsky taught in the Department of Global Health at George Washington University. Professor Uretsky holds a PhD in sociomedical science from Columbia University and did postdoctoral training at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in AIDS at Yale University.

Part of the Environment in Asia Lecture Series

Presented Via Zoom Webinar


November 20, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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