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 wisc.edu

Ongoing/Long Term
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 analytic dividends of the "racial" disparities frame (under contract, University of California Press)
* with Jerry Markowitz (CUNY), David Rosner (Columbia), Alex Farrill (Open Listings), and the Center for Public Integrity a searchable dataset of 4 million+ secret documents on industrial pollution. More information, click here


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 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, 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
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 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 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

Miscellaneous
The Health/PAC Digital Archive: Full-Text Searchable Archive of the Health/PAC Bulletin