Navigating the Threat of Pandemic Syllabus

Date Published: 3/5/2020

Amid the worldwide spread of COVID-19, it’s a challenging time, and our thoughts are with those affected by this disease. In support and solidarity, we present the following books and journal articles to help build knowledge and understanding of how we navigate the spread of communicable diseases.

All book introductions are freely available.

Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law / COVID-19 Articles

Jonathan Oberlander, editor

Avian Reservoirs: Virus Hunters and Birdwatchers in Chinese Sentinel Posts

Frédéric Keck

The Politics of Communicable Disease Control in Europe

Scott L. Greer, editor
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 37:6, 2012

Historical Perspectives on Pandemics in Mexico

Samantha Davis, curator

Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative

Priscilla Wald

Sars Epidemic and the Disclosure of Singapore Nation

Chua Beng Huat
Cultural Politics 2:1, 2006

Infectious Disease Surveillance in the United States and the United Kingdom: From Public Goods to the Challenges of New Technologies

Tony Barnett and Corinna Sorenson
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 36:1, 2011

The Paradoxical Politics of Viral Containment; or, How Scale Undoes Us One and All

Ed Cohen
Social Text 106, 2011

Bodily Matters: The Anti-Vaccination Movement in England, 1853–1907

Nadja Durbach

A Tale of Many Cities: A Contemporary Historical Study of the Implementation of School Closures During the 2009 pA(H1N1) Influenza Pandemic

J. Alexander Navarro, Katrin S. Kohl, Martin S. Cetron, and Howard Markel
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 41:3, 2016

Red State, Blue State, Flu State: Media Self-Selection and Partisan Gaps in Swine Flu Vaccinations

Matthew A. Baum
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 36:6, 2011

Virulent Zones: Animal Disease and Global Health at China’s Pandemic Epicenter

Lyle Fearnley
Forthcoming, October 2020

Tell Me Why My Children Died: Rabies, Indigenous Knowledge, and Communicative Justice

Charles L. Briggs and Clara Mantini-Briggs

Avoiding the Smallpox Spirits: Colonial Epidemics and Southeastern Indian Survival

Paul Kelton
Ethnohistory 51:1, 2004

Cinematic Prophylaxis: Globalization and Contagion in the Discourse of World Health

Kirsten Ostherr

Disease in the History of Modern Latin America: From Malaria to AIDS

Diego Armus, editor