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Graham Mooney, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of History of Medicine

Research Interests: Historical demography; Historical epidemiology; Infectious diseases surveillance; History of public health

Background

Dr. Graham Mooney is an assistant professor of the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on the history of public health interventions and the relationship between public health policies and population health outcomes.

Dr. Mooney also has appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology and the History of Science and Technology Department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

His research covers the history of public health in Britain and North America, infectious disease surveillance, epidemiology and demography. He is particularly interested in domestic space as a site and scale of public health interventions and is working on this theme in relation to topics such disinfection, contact tracing and interactions with schools and other institutions.

Dr. Mooney received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Liverpool. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine in 2001.

Dr. Mooney recently completed a book manuscript entitled The Debris of Living: Infectious Disease Surveillance in England 1840-1914, which examines the history of public health interventions such as infectious disease notification, institutional and domestic isolation, disinfection, and contact tracing. His next book is the result of a class he teaches at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It uses a case study of race and class politics in Baltimore to explore the fracturing of public health systems and policy in the neo-liberal American city. He is co-editor of the journal Social History of Medicine.

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Titles

  • Associate Professor of History of Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Additional Training

Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, London, England, 2001

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Mooney is interested in the history of public health interventions and the relationship between public health policies and population health outcomes. His publications encompass a diverse range of topics from sex differentials in mortality to the health-related aspects of urban governance. He is currently completing a monograph on infectious disease surveillance in Victorian Britain. Dr. Mooney’s next book is about public health in Baltimore since World War II, based on the course he teaches in the School of Public Health.

Selected Publications

  1. Mooney, Graham and Toke Aidt. "Voting suffrage and the political budget cycle: evidence from the London Metropolitan Boroughs, 1902-1937." Journal of Public Economics, 112 (2014), 53-71. (Open Access, freely available).
  2. Mooney, Graham. "The material consumptive: domesticating the tuberculosis patient in Edwardian England." Journal of Historical Geography, 42:1 (2013), 152-166. (Open Access, freely available).
  3. Mooney, Graham. "Historical demography and epidemiology: the meta-narrative challenge." The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2011), 373-92.
  4. Mooney, Graham. "Diagnostic spaces: workhouse, hospital and home in mid-Victorian London." Social Science History, 30:3 (2009), 357-90.
  5. Mooney, Graham and Jonathan Reinarz. Permeable Walls: Historical Perspectives on Hospital and Asylum Visiting. Clio Medica/Rodopi, 2009.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Life and Death in Charm City: Histories of Public Health in Baltimore, 1750 to the Present (SPH 550.609.01)
  • History of Modern Public Health (SPH 550.605.81)
    (Distance Education Online Class)
  • Health, Risk and History (140.336)
  • Beyond the Panopticon: Observing, Representing and Managing People (co-taught with Prof. Harry Marks) (140.629)
  • Disease and Disease Control in Comparative Perspective (co-taught with Prof Randall Packard) (150.711)
  • History of Public Health (550.605.81)
  • Life and Death in Charm City: Histories of Public Health in Baltimore, 1750 to the Present (550.609.01)

Activities & Honors

Professional Activities

  • Co-editor, Social History of Medicine
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