David S. Barnes, PhD

David Barnes teaches the history of medicine and public health at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science and Director of the Health and Societies Program. His first book, The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France (University of California Press, 1995), explores the social transformations and anxieties which colored and constrained responses to the industrializing world's leading killer. His second book, The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), investigates how scientific developments, political imperatives, and shifting cultural mores combined to reshape perceptions of health, disease, and bodily substances during the Bacteriological Revolution. David Barnes's ongoing research projects include (1) the politics of international disease control programs in the twentieth century, (2) the history of the Lazaretto quarantine station (1799-1893) on the Delaware River just outside Philadelphia, and (3) the history of disgust.


The 2007 Conference