Dr. Nathaniel Comfort is a professor of the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focuses on heredity and health in 20th-century America.
He has a joint appointment in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ History of Science and Technology Department.
Dr. Comfort received his undergraduate degree in marine biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his M.S. in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook. Dr. Comfort joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 2003.
Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Comfort was an associate professor of history and the deputy director at the Center for History of Recent Science at the George Washington University.
He is a member of the History of Science Society and the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology. He serves on the editorial board of History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, and is the author of the 2012 book The Science of Human Perfection: Heredity and Health in Twentieth Century America.