Fellows Share Humanistic Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic
As we look to health officials for guidance and recommendations for best practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only beginning to grapple with the significant social, cultural, and ethical dimensions of this crisis.
ACLS recently reached out to a few fellows whose research has focused on public health crises past and present. They shared their thoughts on the current pandemic and how their work relates to the present moment. Their work represents a variety of perspectives, from vaccine history to racial disparities in health to responses to early plagues.
Below are excerpts from those exchanges.
Associate Professor of History at the University of Mississippi
2018 ACLS Fellow: Influenza in Indian Country: Indigenous Sickness and Federal Responsibility during the 1918-1920 Pandemic
Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London
2019 ACLS Fellow: Sickening: Racism, Health Disparities, and Biopolitics in the 21st Century
Professor of History at the University of Rhode Island College of Arts and Sciences
ACLS Fellow ’13: The Birth of Vaccination: An Environmental History
Professor of Art History at USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
2012 ACLS Fellow: Venice and the Early Modern Plague
Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California-Riverside
2011 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow: The Microbial Resolve: Visualization, Mediation, Security