Keith Andrew Wailoo is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University where he teaches in the Department of History and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the former Vice Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School. He is an award-winning author on drugs and drug policy; race, science, and health; history of medicine; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S.
Wailoo is currently working on two book-length projects, both intersecting with history and public policy: a study of the menthol cigarette, and a history of addiction.
His previous books include:
- Pain: A Political History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)
- How Cancer Crossed the Color Line (Oxford University Press, 2011)
- The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) Recipient of the 2006 Association of American Publishers Book Award in the History of Science
- Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health (University of North Carolina Press, 2001) Recipient of the 2002 American Political Science Association Book Award (Social and Legal Dimensions of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.); 2003 Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship; 2002 Lillian Smith Book Award for Non-Fiction; 2005 William H. Welch Award, American Association for the History of Medicine for best book in the field; and 2006 Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network, Community Service Award.
- Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) Recipient of the 1996 Arthur Viseltear Award, American Public Health Association
Keith Wailoo's co-edited volumes include:
- Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America's Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care (Oxford University Press, 2015)
- Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (Rutgers University Press, 2012)
- Katrina’s Imprint: Race and Vulnerability in America (Rutgers University Press, 2010)
- Three Shots at Prevention: The HPV Vaccine and the Politics of Medicine's Simple Solutions (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010)
- A Death Retold: Jesica Santillan, the Bungled Transplant, and Paradoxes of Medical Citizenship (University of North Carolina Press, 2006)
He has lectured widely, and published articles in the British medical journal Lancet, the New York Times, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Daily Beast, American Prospect, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, the Bulletin for the History of Medicine, the Journal for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law.
history / health / policy/ public affairs
View Discussion with Tavis Smiley and Robert Kennedy Jr. -- Health Disparities Today, Tavis Smiley Show, PBS-TV (January 2016)
Read Contribution to National Academy of Medicine Report on Ethics of Controversial Genetics Technique (February 2016)
View Congressional Briefing, Pain and Drug Policy (Cannon Office Building, Washington, D.C., May 2016)
Panel discussion on new book Medicare and Medicaid at 50: America's Entitlement Programs in the Age of Affordable Care -- sponsored by National Academy of Social Insurance at the National Press Club (June 2015)
In 2007, Wailoo was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). His research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, among them the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation's Centennial Fellowship in the History of Science.
Before joining the Princeton faculty, Wailoo taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Social Medicine (School of Medicine) and in History, and at Rutgers University in History and in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. At Rutgers, he was Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of History and founding director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity. Wailoo graduated from Yale University with a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering, and worked as a science writer for several years, before earning a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the History and Sociology of Science.
history, health policy, public affairs
Listen The Politics of Pain (Radio Interview, KERA-NPR, Dallas, May 2016)
ON DRUGS, HEALTH AND SOCIETY
HOW LIBERALS AND CONSERVATIVES VIEW PAIN
"The Politics of Pain" (How Liberals and Conservatives View Suffering, two leading experts discuss) -- American Prospect, April 2014
"Who Has a Right to Pain Relief?" -- The Atlantic, August 2014