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James Colgrove

Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health / Faculty for Columbia’s master of science and certification programs in Bioethics

James Colgrove, PhD, MPH, focuses on research that examines the relationship between individual rights and the collective well-being and the social, political, and legal processes through which public health policies have been mediated in American history. Dr. Colgrove's most recent book is Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011). He is also the author of State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America (University of California Press, 2006); co-author, with Amy Fairchild and Ronald Bayer, of Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America (University of California Press, 2007); and co-editor, with David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, of The Contested Boundaries of American Public Health (Rutgers University Press, 2008). Articles by Dr. Colgrove have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Science, Health Affairs, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. His research has been supported by grants from the National Library of Medicine, the Greenwall Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Milbank Memorial Fund.

Education

  • P.h.D., Columbia University
  • M.P.H., Columbia University
  • M.A., San Francisco State University
  • B.A., University of California at Davis

Publications

  • Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011)
  • "HPV Vaccination Mandates: Law Making Amid Political and Scientific Controversy" (The New England Journal of Medicine, 2011), co-authored with Sara Abiola and Michelle M. Mello
  • Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America (University of California Press, 2007), co-authored with Ronald Bayer and Amy L. Fairchild
  • State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America  (University of California Press, 2006)
  • "Between persuasion and compulsion: smallpox control in Brooklyn and New York, 1894-1902" (Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 2004)