Dr. David Barnes, PhD., University of Pennsylvania

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David Barnes is an Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania: specialist in historical epidemiology and the Lazaretto. David went to graduate school at U.C. Berkeley in the mid-1980s to study French history, social history, and urban history.  Those interests eventually led him to a dissertation on tuberculosis as a social and political problem in 19th-century France. Through this work, his interests evolved in the direction of the history of medicine and public health, as well as the cultural history of bodily knowledge and bodily practices more generally. After earning his Ph.D., he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in History of Health Sciences at U.C. San Francisco, then taught for a year at Emory’s Institute for Liberal Arts and for seven years in the History of Science Department at Harvard.

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