Racial Scripts and Pandemics with Keith Wailoo

Episode 85 - January 20, 2022
Howard Physician-Memphis 1878

Keith Wailoo (Princeton University) talks to Merle and Lee about his work on racial scripts and the racialization of pandemics with a focus on Covid. He begins by discussing the idea of pandemics unfolding in dramatic acts and then explains the role of race in this story. Keith examines the deeper history of these racial scripts, along with the impact various disparities play in other pandemics. Finally, he reflects upon the highly differentiated Covid story in the US based on geography and offers a future for the academic study of the history of medicine.

Our Guest

Keith Wailoo

Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Keith Wailoo