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David Rosner

Advisory Board Member, Bioethics; Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History; Co-Director, Center for the History of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health

David Rosner is Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Professor of History at Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for the History of Public Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences’ National Academy of Medicine.

Until moving to Columbia in 1998, he was University Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York. In addition to numerous grants, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Investigator Award, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and a Josiah Macy Fellow. He has been awarded the Distinguished Scholar’s Prize from the City University, the Viseltear Prize for Outstanding Work in the History of Public Health from the APHA and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Health. He has also been honored at the Awards Dinner of the New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health and he and Gerald Markowitz have been awarded the Upton Sinclair Memorial Lectureship “For Outstanding Occupational Health, Safety, and Environmental Journalism by the American Industrial Hygiene Association.”

He is an author or co-author (with Gerald Markowitz) of eleven books. Most recently, he has been awarded the John McGovern Prize from Sigma Xi, the National Science Honors Society.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • M.P.H., University of Massachusetts
  • B.A., The City College of New York


  • Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children (University of California Press/Milbank, 2013), with Gerald Markowitz
  • Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution (University of California Press/Milbank, 2002; 2013), with Gerald Markowitz
  • A Once Charitable Enterprise: Hospitals and Health Care in New York and Brooklyn (Cambridge University Press, 1982; 2011)
  • Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the On-going Struggle over Workers’ Safety and Health in 20th Century America (University of Michigan Press, 2006), with Gerald Markowitz