Merlin Chowkwanyun, MPH, PhD
I am an Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and a member of the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health
B.A. Columbia University, History, Sociology
Ph.D.-MPH University of Pennsylvania (History, Public Health)
Between 2013-15, I was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
E-mail: mc2028
Last Spring, I interviewed my favorite basketball player of all time, two-time NBA world champion Pau Gasol. He is a great humanitarian who does excellent off-court work on children's health. You can read it here!
I am working with Jerry Markowitz (CUNY), David Rosner (Columbia), Alex Farrill (Open Listings), and the Center for Public Integrity on a searchable dataset of 4 million+ secret documents on industrial pollution. More information, click here This project is partially funded by an AWS in Education Grant

"The Seat at the Table Problem: Broadening the Reception of Medical Historians," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Grassroots Isn't Always Great, Boston Review
We keep pledging to study the cause of riots like Fergusonís. And we keep ignoring the lessons, Washington Post
The War on Poverty at 50: How Far Have We Come, and Where Are We Going?, Tropics of Meta
"African Americans and Health Care: State-Sponsored and Grassroots Alternatives," Journal of African-American History 99, no. 4 (Fall 2014, forthcoming).
The Strange Disappearance of History from Racial Health Disparities Research , Du Bois Review (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
The Taxonomy Fetish: Another View on Intellectual History and the History of Medicine, Society for U.S. Intellecutal History
Radio Interview on Philadelphia WURD 660 AM
Beyond the Precautionary Principle: Protecting Public Health and the Environment in the Face of Uncertainty, forthcoming
Merlin Chowkwanyun and Karen Tani, "Training Historians and the Dual Degree," Chronicle of Higher Education
Adolph L. Reed, Jr. and Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Race, Class, Crisis," Socialist Register (2012)

The New Left and Public Health, American Journal of Public Health
Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Race is Not Biology: How Unthinking Racial Essentialism Finds Its Way Into Scientific Research," The Atlantic

Michael Katz, Mat Creighton, Daniel Amsterdam, Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Immigration and the New Metropolitan Geography", Journal of Urban Affairs
Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Considerations for Building a Population Health Movement: Five Key Debates" (background paper prepared for the IOM Roundtable on Population Health)
Merlin Chowkwanyun, Dilemmas of Community Health (abstract)
Jordan Segall and Merlin Chowkwanyun, "The Rise of the Majority-Asian Suburb," Atlantic Cities
Merlin Chowkwanyun and Jordan Segall, "How an Exclusive Los Angeles Suburb Lost Its Whiteness," Atlantic Cities
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The Crisis in Thinking About the Crisis, Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy
Why Genes Don't Determine Race
New Critical Perspectives on the US and the Post-WWII Global Economy: Brenner, Harvey, and Pollin
The Health/PAC Digital Archive: Full-Text Searchable Archive of the Health/PAC Bulletin