Ronald Bayer is a Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is also a co-chair and professor at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, also at Mailman.
In 1989, Bayer received the honor of the New York Times’ Notable Books of the Year for his influential book Private Acts, Social Consequences: AIDS and the Politics of Public Health. He has been writing about public health ever since, with titles such as Shattered Dreams?: An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic, Public Health Policy and the AIDS Epidemic: An End to HIV Exceptionalism, and Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America.
Bayer has been a member of The World Health Organization and a consultant on ethical issues in AIDS and tuberculosis. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1976.