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:

Keith Wailoo's co-edited volumes include:

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

On WNYC's program, Keith Wailoo, an expert on pain and author of “Pain: A Political History,” discusses the opioid crisis.

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)

Wisconsin Public Radio interview, July 2015 (Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50)

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