Karen Cook (University of Hartford) joins the podcast and speaks about her work on medieval music and potential connections to disease and epidemics.
Episode 114 – The 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic from a translocal and comparative perspective with John Eicher
John Eicher (Penn State Altoona) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss his project on the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic that examines the pandemic from a translocal and comparative perspective.
Maurits Meerwijk (Leiden University) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss his book on the effects of the third plague pandemic in Java in the first half of the 20th century.
Kristina Sessa (Ohio State University) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss her recent work on late antique disasters – including diseases – within the broader context of premodern environmental history.
Episode 109 – Interdisciplinary Studies of Disease before 1000 (a recent conference Merle and Lee attended)
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).
Joshua Teplitsky (University of Pennsylvania) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss his work on Jews and the Plague in Early Modern Europe.
Pablo Gomez (University of Wisconsin, Madison) discusses his work on health, knowledge and science in the 17th century Caribbean.
Troels Arboll (University of Copenhagen) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss his work on disease and healing in ancient Mesopotamia.
Mary Dunn (St. Louis University) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss her recent book on disease and religion in early modern French Canada.
Jeffrey Reznick (The National Library of Medicine) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss his work as Chief of the History of Medicine Division at the National Library of Medicine.
Helen Rhee (Westmont College) joins Merle and Lee to talk about her recent book on illness, pain and healthcare in the ancient world and early Christianity.
Maria Spyrou (University of Tübingen) and Phil Slavin (University of Stirling) join the Infectious Historians to discuss their recent important article on the source of the Black Death, as well as interdisciplinary work.
Anjuli Raza Kolb (University of Toronto) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss her recent book on the history behind the metaphor of the “terrorism epidemic”.
Adam Izdebski (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History) joins Merle and Lee to discuss his work bridging the science/history gap by examining ancient pollen.
Jennifer Hughes joins the Infectious Historians to discuss her work on church and society in 16th century Mexico within the Spanish Empire while focusing on reactions to infectious disease.
Episode 90 – Public Health Labs in History and during Covid with Claas Kirchhelle and Samantha Vanderslott
Claas Kirchhelle (University College Dublin) and Samantha Vanderslott (Oxford University) discuss the development and history of public health laboratories and their use during Covid.
Merle and Lee meet in person for the first time in two and a half years, and reflect on Covid, the podcast over the past year and its future directions.
Rhona Seidelman (Oklahoma University) discusses the quarantine of immigrants arriving in Israel at the foundation of the state.
Keith Wailoo (Princeton University) joins the podcast to talk about his work on the role race and racialization play in the unfolding of pandemics.
Ben Dodds (Florida State University) joins the podcast to talk about his new book about memories, myths, and the modern uses of the Black Death.
Kaspar Staub (University of Zurich) joins the podcast to talk about his historical epidemiology work and how it provides helpful context for the ongoing Covid pandemic.
Susanne Hakenbeck (University of Cambridge) talks about the role of archaeology in understanding disease, pandemics, and climate change in the ancient and medieval periods.
Graham Mooney (Johns Hopkins University) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss how space and place shape the impact of a disease alongside how these ideas shape public health responses
Beatrix Hoffman (Northern Illinois University) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss the healthcare system in the United States and highlight the experience of immigrants in the country.
Jules Skotnes-Brown (University of St. Andrews) joins the podcast to discuss his work on the interface between humans, animals and the environment, particularly in the context of South Africa at the turn of the 20th century.
Lisa Sarasohn (Oregon State University) joins Merle and Lee to discuss her work on vermin, their interactions with humanity, and how humanity has perceived them over the past few centuries.
Kirsten Ostherr (Rice University) joins Merle and Lee to discuss her translational humanities website – which gathers humanities projects that attempt to make a direct intervention during Covid.
Andrew Wehrman (Central Michigan University) discusses the role of smallpox and inoculations during the American Revolution.
Episode 72 – Climate Change and the Globalization of Disease in the Early Middle Ages with Tim Newfield
Tim Newfield (Georgetown University) discusses the connected histories of climate change and disease pandemics with a focus on the early middle ages.
Tzafrir Barzilay (Ben Gurion University of the Negev) comes on the podcast to discuss his work on persecution of minorities before and during the Black Death, particularly through allegations of well poisoning.
Emily Webster (University of Chicago) talks about her work on plague outbreaks in Bombay at the turn of the 20th century and the importance of ecology to the study of disease.
Daniel Curtis (Erasmus University Rotterdam) joins Merle and Lee to discuss his diverse work on early modern pandemics, inequality, quantitative methodologies and movies.
Audra Wolfe discusses her work on scientific freedom and its impact on how we think about science from the Cold War to the present day.
Zachary Dorner (University of Maryland) joins Merle and Lee to discuss his work on the role of early modern commerce and capitalism in changing how medicine is administered and medical ideas about the body.
Janet Kay (Princeton) returns to the podcast for her promised reflections on teaching a course on plagues and pandemics during the Spring 2021 semester with lessons learned and ideas for the future.
Abigail Dumes (University of Michigan) comes on the podcast to talk about Lyme Disease and how it has shaped clinical diagnoses and debates over long term symptoms
Matheus Duarte (University of St. Andrews) sits down with Merle and Lee to discuss plague in Brazil at the turn of the 20th century, medical solutions to the outbreak, and the creation of microbiology.
Scott Gabriel Knowless comes on the podcast to discuss his daily show, Covid Calls, and what he has learned from talking to people from across the world since March 2020.
Jim Webb (Colby College) comes on the podcast to talk about historical epidemiology and how it might transform the research on diseases in the past, present, and future.
Episode 56 – Historical Demography of Infectious Diseases, Policy and Outreach with Svenn-Erik Mamelund
Svenn-Erik Mamelund (OsloMet) comes on the podcast to talk about his research as a historical demographer, using one’s research to influence policy and conducting outreach.
Dora Vargha (University of Exeter) sits down to talk about the impact of post-World War Two polio epidemics in Hungary and how these epidemics shed light on the end of pandemics.
Michael Vann (California State University, Sacramento) returns to the Infectious Historians podcast, this time to discuss Alexandre Yersin’s life from a critical perspective.
Nathan Crowe (U. of North Carolina-Wilmington) discusses the career of the scientist Joshua Lederberg and his role as a public scientist and policy influencer across the second half of the 20th century.
Urmi Engineer Willoughby (Pitzer College) talks to Merle and Lee about her work on Yellow Fever outbreaks in New Orleans across the 19th century.
John Mulhall (Harvard University) discusses what the medieval translation movement was and his own work on how late ancient authors innovated in their medical knowledge about plague.
Khary Polk (Amherst College) joins the Infectious Historians to discuss his work about Black laborers in the US military and their perceived immunity to infectious diseases in the first half of the 20th century.
Richard McKay (University of Cambridge) discusses his work on the history of Patient Zero and the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Janet Kay (Princeton University) discusses the planning, aims, and assignments for her course this semester (Spring 2021) “Art & Archaeology of Plague.”
Lukas Engelmann (University of Edinburgh) discusses his work on the history of epidemiology and epidemiological models with Merle and Lee.
Adia Benton (Northwestern University) discusses the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak and why Ebola, as a charismatic disease, has such a powerful hold over our imagination.
Chinmay Tumbe (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad) discusses his new book, The Age of Pandemics, that focuses on the cholera, plague, and the 1918 Influenza pandemics in India.
Merle and Lee discuss a recent article that they wrote on the Justinianic Plague that has been published, and tie it to some of the discussions they’ve had on the podcast.
Guy Beiner (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) discusses how people and societies have forgotten and remembered the 1918 Influenza Pandemic over the last century.
John McNeill (Georgetown University) discusses the state of the field of environmental history including its development, what it looks like now, and where it might be going.
Susan Jones (University of Minnesota) discusses the key role of animals in the spread of diseases and the outbreak of epidemics, focusing on plague in Soviet Central Asia.
A.J. Herrmann (Director of Policy for Mayor Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri) talks about how he helped develop and implement Covid policies for Kansas City and the responses and difficulties in the city since March.
Katie Foss (Middle Tennessee State University) talks about her recent work on the role of the media in shaping how we think and remember epidemics in U.S. history.
Elliott Bowen (Nazarbayev University) discusses syphilis and sexual health in Hot Springs, Arkansas with Merle and Lee
Jacob Steere-Williams (College of Charleston) talks to Lee and Merle about typhoid fever and the development of epidemiology as a field of study.
Tara Malanga (Rutgers University) joins Merle and Lee to discuss indigenous perceptions of disease in the context of post-Contact Mexico.
Elise Mitchell (NYU) talks about her work on smallpox vaccinations and forced inoculations for enslaved people in the Caribbean during the 17th and 18th centuries.
Michael Vann (California State University, Sacramento) joins Merle and Lee to talk about the rat hunt following a plague outbreak in colonial Vietnam.
Priscilla Wald (Duke University) comes on the podcast to discuss the outbreak narrative, a common way through which we understand infectious diseases.
Vincent Racaniello (Columbia University) joins Merle and Lee to discuss developments in the field of virology over the past few decades.
Jordan Pickett (U Georgia) comes on the podcast to discuss archaeology and potential signals of infectious diseases in archaeological finds.
John Haldon (Princeton University) discusses the idea of resilience to systemic crises with a focus on the seventh-century Byzantine Empire.