Staff and Scholars

The project director is Dr. Marian Moser Jones, an associate professor at The Ohio State University Departments of Health Services Policy and Management in the College of Public Health and the Department of History. Dr. Jones is a historian of U.S. public health, the Red Cross, and military nursing who has taught undergraduate courses in the history of public health since 2008. She is also a public health researcher with expertise in maternal and child health, racial health equity, and U.S. health policy. Dr. Jones has previously served as co-director of a 2016-2017 NEH-funded discussion program for veterans, 100 Years of American Women in Uniform, funded under the “Dialogues on the Experience of War” initiative.

The lead key faculty member is Dr. Miranda Worthen, Associate Professor of Public Health and Recreation at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, and Research Coordinator of the SJSU Human Rights Institute. Dr. Worthen completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in development studies, social science, and history, and received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from University of California Berkeley. She teaches undergraduate courses on epidemiology, public health, and global health.

Three other key faculty will lecture, lead discussions and facilitate pedagogical development:

  • Dr. Mariola Espinosa, the author of the acclaimed book, Epidemic Invasions: Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 2009), an Associate Professor of History at the University of Iowa and former director of the school’s Global Health Studies Program.
  • Dr. Hilary Aquino, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Albright College in Reading, PA. An award-winning instructor with 25 years of experience and an historical researcher with expertise on race and racism in the history of urban public health, Dr. Aquino teaches numerous undergraduate courses on the history of public health and medicine, as well as Women’s and Gender studies and American Indian History.
  • Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich, Assistant Professor of History at Muchlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, teaches undergraduate history of public health and medicine courses. Dr. Antonovich has recently published “White Coats, White Hoods,” a groundbreaking article in the Bulletin for the History of Medicine exposing the Ku Klux Klan’s influence on 1920s American medicine. She has attracted a widespread following online for her discussions of her innovative pedagogical approaches and for founding and leading Nursing Clio, the widely read blog on gender and the history of health and medicine.

ADDITIONAL LECTURES FROM LEADING SCHOLARS: Dr. James Colgrove, one of the world’s leading experts on the history of vaccination and Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, will give a lecture on smallpox and polio vaccination. Drs. David Rosner and Dr. Janet Golden, both of whom have played major roles in shaping the field of public health and medical history, will each offer introductory lectures for the group. Dr. Amy Fairchild, Dean of the College of Public Health at OSU and an eminent public health historian and ethicist, will offer introductory remarks and participate in discussions