Frank Snowden

Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of History and Professor in the History of Medicine

Research Interests

Social, cultural, and intellectual history of medicine; the societal impact of infectious diseases; modern European social and political history.

Current Projects

Dr. Snowden's current research projects are the history of epidemic diseases and their impact on society; the global crisis of malaria; and the history of emerging and reemerging diseases.

Research Summary

Dr. Snowden's main reseasrch interest is the history of epidemic diseases and their impact on society.

Extensive Research Description

Frank Snowden is the Andrew Downey Orrick professor of history and professor and chair of history of science and medicine. His research focuses on the history of epidemic diseases and their impact on society. Dr. Snowden studies the comparative history of epidemic diseases, the history of public health, the impact of emerging and resurgent diseases, issues in medical ethics and bioterrorism. Dr. Snowden is also a scholar of Italian history and of European social and political history, and examines the societal impact and the progression of malaria in Italy and in Europe during the twentieth century.

Dr. Snowden received his D.Phil. from Oxford University. He served as a resident at the American Academy in Rome and is a member of the American Historical Association and the American Association for the History of Medicine. Dr. Snowden is a recipient of the Gustav Ranis Prize from the MacMillan Center at Yale, the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize from the American Historical Association, the Malaria Foundation International award and the William Henry Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine.


Selected Publications

  • Malaria In Italy: Professor Snowden completed a history of the Italian national program to eradicate malaria, 1900 - 1962. The project resulted in a book, The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962. The research for this project involved collaboration with historians of medicine and malariologists at the University of Rome.
  • "Emerging and Reemerging Diseases: A Historical Perspective," Immunological Reviews CCXXV (2008), 9-26.
  • Violence and Great Estates in the South of Italy: Apulia, 1900 - 1922 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984
  • Naples in the Times of Cholera, 1884 - 1911 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)
  • The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900 - 1962 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006).
  • The Fascist Revolution in Tuscany, 1919 - 1922 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989)
  • edited with John Dickie and John Foot, Disastro! Disasters in Italy since 1860 (New York: Palgrave, 2002)

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