James L.A Webb, Jr.

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James L.A. Webb, Jr. is Professor of History at Colby College in Maine, where he teaches courses in global health history and African health history. His research in historical epidemiology integrates evidence from the biological sciences and the social sciences to develop historical perspectives that are useful to practitioners and planners in global public health.


In 2010, Prof. Webb received a grant from the Wellcome Trust to conduct research on the historical epidemiology of African malarial infections and interventions. From 2011-2013, Prof. Webb was the recipient of a National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine grant for Scholarly Writing in Biomedicine and Health. In 2015 he was awarded a grant from the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, and in the spring of 2016 he held the Sanofi Chair at the Centre Virchow-Villermé (Paris-Descartes). In 2017, he will hold research fellowships at the University of Zurich and the the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität in Munich.


He is the founding editor of the series Perspectives on Global Health and the series Ecology and History at the Ohio University Press.


His recent publications include “The Historical Epidemiology of Contemporary Disease Challenges” in Lancet (2015); “Globalization of Disease, 1300 to 1900,” in volume six, The Cambridge History of the World (2015); The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and a volume co-edited with T. Giles-Vernick Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Disease Control (Ohio University Press, 2013).

He is currently working on a global historical epidemiology of enteric disease, biomedicine, and public health.