Margaret Humphreys
  • Margaret Humphreys

  • Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of Medicine
  • History
  • 206 Carr
  • Campus Box 90719
  • Phone: 919 684 2285, 919 668 9000
  • Fax: (919) 681-7670
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Medicine, Science and Technology
    • Intellectual History
    • United States and Canada
  • Research Description

    My major research interest is the history of disease in America, especially in the South. Until the last half of the twentieth century diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, pellagra, and hookworm marked the south as tropical, impoverished, and strikingly different from the rest of the United States. My recent work concerns the history of medicine in the American Civil war. I teach and read broadly in the history of public health, medicine, race, biology, and infectious diseases.
  • Current Projects

    History of Smallpox
  • Areas of Interest

    History of medicine
    History of public health
    History of evolutionary thought
    History of disease
  • Education

      • PhD History of Science,
      • Harvard University,
      • 1983
      • M.D.,
      • Harvard Medical School
      • MD,
      • Harvard Medical School,
      • 1987
      • MA History of Science,
      • Harvard University,
      • 1977
      • BA Program of Liberal Studies,
      • University of Notre Dame,
      • 1976
      • Ph.D.,
      • Harvard Medical School
  • Awards, Honors and Distinctions

      • Don Carlos Guffey Lecture in the History of Medicine,
      • Kansas University Medical Center,
      • April, 2014
      • Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, Finalist,
      • Gettysburg College and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History,
      • February 2014
      • Jack Stallworth lecture in Southern History,
      • University of South Alabama,
      • October, 2013
      • Reynolds Lecture in the History of Medicine,
      • University of Alabama Birmingham,
      • March, 2013
      • Saul A Schwartz AOA Day Distinguished Lecture,
      • New York Medical College,
      • February 2013
      • John C Burnham Lecture,
      • Ohio State University,
      • October 2010
      • Resident Scholar,
      • National Humanities Center,
      • 2009-2010
      • T. S. Cook Lecture, Inominate Club, Louisville, KY,
      • May, 2008
      • Timothy Donovan Lecturer, University of Arkansas,
      • April 2008
      • Award nomination,
      • Organization of American Historians,
      • November 2007
      • Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine,
      • July, 2007
      • Sally and Bruce Kantar Lecture,
      • University of Minnesota,
      • November 2005
      • Social Science Research Institute Fellow,
      • Duke University,
      • September 2005-May 2006
      • Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship at the National Humanities Center,
      • American Council of Learned Societies,
      • February 2004
  • Recent Publications

      • M. Humphreys.
      • Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War.
      • Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,
      • 2013.
      • M. Humphreys.
      • "Review of Bobby A Wintermute, Public Health and the U. S. Military."
      • Journal of the History of Medicine
      • 66
      • .4
      • (October, 2011)
      • .
      • M. Humphreys.
      • "Review of Richard Reid, Practicing Medicine in a Black Regiment."
      • H-Net
      • (June, 2011)
      • .
      • [web]
      • M. Humphreys.
      • "Review of Andrew Bell, Mosquito Soldiers: Malaria, Yellow Fever and the Course of the Civil War."
      • Journal of the Civil War Era
      • 1
      • .1
      • (March, 2011)
      • :
      • 122-3.
      • M. Humphreys.
      • ""Malaria," "Typhus," and "Yellow Fever"."
      • The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Scientific, Medical and Technological History.
      • Ed. Hugh Slotten.
      • New York:
      • Oxford University Press,
      • forthcoming.
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  • PhD Students

    • Rachel Levandoski
    • Moshe Usadi
      • July 1, 2001 - present
      • Status: PostPrelim
  • Teaching

    • MEDHUM 301B.16
      • RESEARCH IN MEDHUM
      • TBA
      • 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
    • MEDHUM 301B.16-S
      • RESEARCH IN MEDHUM
      • TBA
      • 12:00 AM-12:00 AM
    • HISTORY 371.01
      • FOOD IN GLOBAL HISTORY
      • Carr 240
      • TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
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