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James Colgrove

Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Deputy Chair for Masters Programs of Sociomedical Sciences

and:
Deputy Chair for Masters Programs of Sociomedical Sciences

Biography:
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 & Training:

    PhD, 2004, Columbia University

    MPH, 2001, Columbia University

    MA, 1992, San Francisco State University

    BA, 1984, University of California at Davis

Affiliation(s):
Selected Publications:
  • James Colgrove Epidemic City: The Politics of Public Health in New York Russell Sage Foundation New York 2011
  • James Colgrove, Sara Abiola, Michelle Mello HPV Vaccination Mandates: Law Making Amid Political and Scientific Controversy New England Journal of Medicine 363 785-791 2010
  • Amy Fairchild, Ronald Bayer, James Colgrove Searching Eyes: Privacy, the State, and Disease Surveillance in America University of California Press USA 2007
  • James Colgrove State of Immunity: The Politics of Vaccination in Twentieth-Century America University of California Press USA 2006
  • Colgrove J Between persuasion and compulsion: smallpox control in Brooklyn and New York, 1894-1902 Bulletin of the History of Medicine 78 349-378 2004
  • James Colgrove The Ethics and Politics of Compulsory HPV Vaccination New England Journal of Medicine 355 2389-2391 2007
  • Amy Fairchild, Marian Moser Jones, James Colgrove The Challenge of Mandatory Evacuation: Deciding For and Providing For Health Affairs 25 958-967 2006
  • Fairchild A, Colgrove J, Bayer R The myth of exceptionalism: the history of venereal disease reporting in the Twentieth Century Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 31 624-637 2003
  • Bayer R, Colgrove J Bioterrorism vs. civil liberties Science 297 1811 2002
  • Fairchild A, Colgrove J Out of the ashes: the life, death, and rebirth of the 'safer' cigarette in the United States American Journal of Public Health 94 192-204 2004
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