Associate Professor

ON LEAVE 2019-2020

323 Claudia Cohen Hall, 249 S. 36th Street
M 2-3 W 9:30-10:30 and by appointment


(215) 898-8210


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Yale University

Research Interests

history of infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health; the Bacteriological Revolution and its effect on public health; 19th century European (esp. French) social and cultural history; cultural history of bodily knowledge and practices; history of disgust.

Selected Work

The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006)

The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France (University of California Press, 1995)

"Targeting Patient Zero," in Flurin Condrau and Michael Worboys, eds., Tuberculosis Then and Now: Perspectives on the History of an Infectious Disease (Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2010), 49-71.

“Confronting Sensory Crisis in the Great Stinks of London and Paris,” in William A. Cohen and Ryan Johnson, eds., Filth: Dirt, Disgust, and Modern Life (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).

"Scents and Sensibilities: Disgust and the Meanings of Odors in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris," Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques 28 (2002): 21-49.

"Historical Perspectives on the Etiology of Tuberculosis," Microbes and Infection 2 (2000): 431-440.

Teaching Fields

history of medicine; history of public health; global health policy and disease prevention; history, anthropology, and sociology of health and disease.


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