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John Warner, PhD

Avalon Professor in the History of Medicine and Professor of American Studies and of History; Chair, History of Medicine (School of Medicine)

Contact Information

John Warner, PhD

Mailing Address

  • PO Box 208015

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8015

    United States



John Harley Warner, a historian who focuses on the transnational history of medicine and science, received his Ph.D. in 1984 from Harvard University (History of Science), and from 1984-1986 was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London.

In 1986 he joined the Yale faculty with a primary appointment in the School of Medicine, where he is now Avalon Professor and Chair of the Section of the History of Medicine with a fully split faculty appointment in the Department of History. He is a professor and core faculty member in the Yale University Program in the History of Medicine and Science.

His research interests include the cultural and social history of medicine in the United States from the early 19th century to the present, professional identity, education, clinical practice, the visual cultures of medicine, and transnational and transcultural comparison.

Current research centers on a book tentatively titled The Quest for Authenticity in Modern Medicine, which traces anxieties about what was being marginalized, lost, or placed at risk of being lost with the late-nineteenth century emergence of a new version of reductionist, laboratory-based scientific medicine, explores maneuvers of selective return and restoration from that time through the present.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Harvard University (1984)
  • MA
    University of Wisconsin-Madison (1977)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Graduate Mentor AwardYale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.2010

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