Merlin Chowkwanyun, MPH, PhD
I am currently a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Beginning Fall 2015, I will be 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, History, Sociology
Ph.D.-MPH University of Pennsylvania (History, Public Health)
E-mail: chowkwanyun nospamATnospam

We keep pledging to study the cause of riots like Fergusonís. And we keep ignoring the lessons, Washington Post
The Taxonomy Fetish: Another View on Intellectual History and the History of Medicine, Society for U.S. Intellecutal History
Beyond the Precautionary Principle: Protecting Public Health and the Environment in the Face of Uncertainty
Merlin Chowkwanyun and Karen Tani, "Training Historians and the Dual Degree," Chronicle of Higher Education
Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Race is Not Biology: How Unthinking Racial Essentialism Finds Its Way Into Scientific Research," The Atlantic
Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Considerations for Building a Population Health Movement: Five Key Debates" (background paper prepared for the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Comments welcome for future revisions)
Merlin Chowkwanyun, Dilemmas of Community Health (abstract)
      The title of this study is a nod to Dilemmas of Social Reform, my favorite book on War on Poverty implementation and an underappreciated classic.
Merlin Chowkwanyun and Jordan Segall, "Majority-Asian Suburbs and White Response"
     A two-part preview of this project is here:
     * 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
     A few people have asked if larger-sized versions of our maps exist for use in courses/presentations. Click here
Adolph L. Reed, Jr. and Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Race, Class, Crisis," Socialist Register (2012)
The Strange Disappearance of History from Racial Health Disparities Research , Du Bois Review (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011), Copyright 2011 W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.
The New Left and Public Health, American Journal of Public Health
The Crisis in Thinking About the Crisis, Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy
Michael Katz, Mat Creighton, Daniel Amsterdam, Merlin Chowkwanyun, "Immigration and the New Metropolitan Geography", Journal of Urban Affairs
Why Genes Don't Determine Race
New Critical Perspectives on the US and the Post-WWII Global Economy: Brenner, Harvey, and Pollin

I am currently working on the following:
* a book on medical care and environmental health politics in post-WWII NYC, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Central Appalachia.
* a book on health activism in the 1960s and 1970s
* with Adolph Reed, Disparitarianism: The Limits of Racial Disparities Research, a set of essays on the recent intellectual history of racial disparities research and the decreasing analytic dividends of the "racial" disparities frame
* with Jerry Markowitz and David Rosner, a dataset of 4 million+ secret documents on industrial pollution

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