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Assistant Professor, History, Emory University

Elena Conis is a historian of medicine and public health. Her research focuses on the history of disease prevention, medical research, and the relationship between environmental movements and health in the twentieth- and twenty first-century United States.

Her first book, Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization (University of Chicago Press, 2014), was excerpted by The Atlantic and Salon and named a book of the week by Nature and Times Higher Education. She is currently working on a second book, on the history of the pesticide DDT and the evolution of health values and environmentalism in the U.S.

Prior to joining the History Department, Dr. Conis was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Emory’s Anthropology Department, a senior fellow in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory, and an award-winning health columnist for the Los Angeles Times.


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    Assistant Professor, History, Emory University