Keith Wailoo, PhD, Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs, is jointly appointed in the Department of History and The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. His research examines a wide array of issues in public health; scientific and technological innovation in medical care; medical specialization; and the role of identity, gender, race and ethnicity in health and disease thought. Before joining the Princeton faculty, he taught in history and social medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, and at Rutgers University, where he was the founding Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity.
His books include: How Cancer Crossed the Color Line; The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine: Ethnicity and Innovation in Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell; Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race; and Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth Century America. In addition, he has edited numerous books addressing the intersection of politics, race, and health and has published articles in the British medical journal Lancet, 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.
In 2007, Dr. Wailoo was elected to the Institute of Medicine, where he is also a member of the Health Sciences Policy Board. He served on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Increasing Rates of Organ Donation, contributing to its 2006 report, “Organ Donation: Opportunities for Action.” His research has been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund.
Dr. Wailoo holds a PhD in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Yale University.