Dana P. Landress

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: landress@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-6430

Room 1411, Medical Sciences Center

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I am a historian of 19th and 20th century medicine and public health in the United States. My research examines the relationship between nutritional disease, community health work, and the political economy of capitalism in the U.S. South. Methodologically, my research blends the approaches and insights of social history, labor history, and oral history. I am especially interested in histories of structural racism, economic inequality, and community health activism as they pertain to patient encounters with medicine and public health. Additionally, I study histories of southern foodways, diasporic culinary traditions, and medicinal remedies of the rural South. Currently, I am at work on two projects. The first is a multidisciplinary collaboration with scholars, activists, and health providers to document community healthcare work connected to HBCUs. The second is a book project detailing the history of pellagra in the U.S. South.

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

M.A., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Selected Awards:
American Association of University Women Fellowship, 2021-2022

Andrew W. Mellon and Council on Library and Information Resources Fellowship, 2019-2020

U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health Research Award, 2019

Southern Historical Collection Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2019

National Science Foundation Research Travel Grant, 2018

Selected Presentations and Publications:
Epidemic Economy (forthcoming)

Southern Histories of Health Activism and Community Care (forthcoming)

“Pellagra and Women’s Public Health Work in the Segregated South,” American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, Michigan (virtually convened, May, 2020)

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