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Gerald Markowitz, Ph.D

Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner are public health historians who have written extensively about occupational and environmental health. Drs. Markowitz and Rosner are currently completing a book on the history of environmental disease that details the history of the vinyl chloride controversy in the United States. Titled Deception and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, the book will be published by the University of California and Milbank Memorial Fund in the coming year.

Dr. Markowitz is a professor of history at John Jay College and professor in the Graduate School and University Center at City University of New York. He is author of nine books, including Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Industrial Disease in Twentieth Century America (Princeton University Press, 1991), and Dying for Work: Workers’ Safety and Health in Twentieth Century America (Indiana University Press, 1987) and Slaves of Depression: Workers Letters About Life on the Job (Cornell University Press, 1987) – all co-authored with David Rosner.

Dr. Markowitz has also published extensively in academic journals and has delivered conference lectures for the American Association for the History of Medicine, the American Public Health Association, the American Society of Environmental History and other professional societies. In 2000, Dr. Markowitz was honored by the American Public Health Association's Medical Care Section with the Viseltear Prize for "Outstanding Contributions to the History of Public Health." Currently he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health Policy. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Rosner is professor of Public Health and History at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Co-Director of Columbia’s History of Public Health & Medicine. Dr. Rosner is a former Distinguished Professor at City University of New York, and an adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Harvard University, and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Rosner is author of eight books, as well as a long list of academic journal articles, in historical and public health journals.

In 2000, Dr. Rosner was honored by the American Public Health Association's Medical Care Section with the Viseltear Prize for “Outstanding Contributions to the History of Public Health.” He is a recipient of the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship from Baruch College. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow in Ethics and the Life Sciences, and a Josiah Macy Fellow in the History of Biology and Medicine. Currently, Dr. Rosner is serving as consulting editor for the University of Rochester Press Series on the History of Public Health. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Health.

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