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Margaret E. Humphreys, History and Medical Center

Margaret E. Humphreys
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Office Location:  206 Carr
Office Phone:  919 684 2285, 919 668 9000
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M.D.Harvard University1987
Ph.D.Harvard University1983
MA History of ScienceHarvard University1977
BA Program of Liberal StudiesUniversity of Notre Dame1976

Medicine, Science and Technology
Intellectual History
United States and Canada
Research Interests:

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. After completing projects on the history of malara and yellow fever, I'm in the early stages of research on the history of medicine in the Civil War. I teach and read broadly in the history of public health, medicine, race, biology, and infectious diseases.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Duggan, AT; Klunk, J; Porter, AF; Dhody, AN; Hicks, R; Smith, GL; Humphreys, M; McCollum, AM; Davidson, WB; Wilkins, K; Li, Y; Burke, A; Polasky, H; Flanders, L; Poinar, D; Raphenya, AR; Lau, TTY; Alcock, B; McArthur, AG; Golding, GB; Holmes, EC; Poinar, HN. The origins and genomic diversity of American Civil War Era smallpox vaccine strains..  Genome biology 21.1 (July, 2020): 175. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Humphreys, M. The influenza of 1918: Evolutionary perspectives in a historical context.  Evolution, Medicine and Public Health 2018.1 (January, 2018): 219-229. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Humphreys, ME. This Place of Death: Environment as Weapon in the American Civil War.  Southern Quarterly: a journal of the arts in the South 53.3/4 (2016): 12-36.
  4. Humphreys, M. 17th Century Variola Virus Reveals the Recent History of Smallpox.  Current Biology 26.24 (2016): 3407-3412. [doi]  [abs]
  5. M. Humphreys. Review of Shauna Devine, Learning from the Wounded: The Civil War and the Rise of American Medical Science..  Bulletin of the History of Medicine (Forthcoming).
In 2002 I was named Josiah Charles Trent Associate Professor of Medical Humanities. I've been honored to give several named lectureships, including the Rosen lecture at Yale, the Reynolds Lecture at University of Alabama Birmingham, and the Hudson Lecture at the University of Kansas Medical Center. I have received research support from the Burroughs-Wellcome History of Medicine Fund and the Trent Foundation