James L. A. Webb, Jr.

Jim is a pioneer in the field of historical epidemiology. His work integrates approaches from the biological sciences and the social sciences to produce perspectives that are useful to historians, practitioners, and planners in the field of global public health. He is the founding editor of the series Perspectives on Global Health and the Series in Ecology and History at the Ohio University Press. His most recent book, The Guts of the Matter: A Global History of Human Waste and Infectious Intestinal Disease is in production at Cambridge University Press and will appear in early 2020. He is currently working on a global history of human health.

What's new?

In October, Jim will be in Munich, participating in Mosquitopia, a multi-disciplinary conference devoted to discussions about the ethical and public health considerations that should govern efforts to control or eradicate mosquito species that carry pathogens that infect human beings. He will also spend a few days at the Institut Pasteur to meet with colleagues and make a presentation on the principal findings of The Guts of the Matter: A Global History of Human Waste and Infectious Instestinal Disease.

Forthcoming publications

An essay in global health history will appear shortly—“Historical Epidemiology and Global Health History,” in História, Ciências, Saúde. Manguinhos.


An essay in historical ecology, “Industrialized Rainforests: The Ecological Transformation of the Sri Lankan Highlands, 1815-1900,” in Vinita Damodaran (ed.), The Forest and Environmental History of the British Empire and Commonwealth (Delhi: Primus Publishers), is forthcoming.

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