Infectious Historians

Thanks for stopping by our website! We encourage you to listen to our podcast episodes, where we’ve included further information and readings on the topic. Feel free to check our blog, with posts written by ourselves as well as our guests to the podcast. You can find more information on infamous historical pandemics in the Further Reading tab. We’d love to hear more from you – feedback on previous episodes, suggestions for future episodes, or questions about specific historical pandemics. Let’s stay in touch!

Merle and Lee discuss a recent conference on epidemics in the first millennium of the common era they both participated in at Georgetown University (in Washington DC).

Recent Episodes

Recent Posts


COVID-19 mortality

The media visibility of COVID-19 mortality Lee Mordechai / April 13, 2020 The current pandemic, like other disasters, reveals much about the workings of different societies. Mortality – the most…

Responses to a Pandemic: Past and Present

Responses to a Pandemic: Past and Present Abigail Agresta / April 9, 2020 “…Some people were of the opinion that a sober and abstemious mode of living considerably reduced the…

Gardening, Baking, and Cooking

Gardening, Baking, and Cooking Merle Eisenberg / March 30, 2020 I wanted to start off on a lighter note for this first blog post as a way to introduce you…