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James Harris

James Harris

James Harris



Areas of Expertise

  • European History; Modern European History
  • Environment, Health, Technology, and Science

Jim Harris is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Ohio State, from which he received his Ph.D. in 2017. He is an historian of modern Europe (with a focus on Great Britain) and the history of science, medicine and the environment. Harris has published articles on the history of the 1918 flu pandemic in Great Britain and an intellectual history of British anthropologist Sir Arthur Keith. Harris is currently completing a book manuscript on the history of public health campaigns in urban England at the turn of the twentieth century, tentatively titled For the Sake of the Children: Public Health and Urban Ecology in England, 1885-1919. Harris is also the co-designer (with Professor Thomas F. McDow) of Pandemic Pedagogies: An Interdisciplinary Model for Teaching about the Human Impacts of Pandemics, which funded by the 2020 Global Arts and Humanities COVID-19 Special Grants Initiative.

At Ohio State, Harris regularly offers courses on modern European history, global environmental history, and the history of public health, disease and medicine, as well as two interdisciplinary courses on “Vaccines: A Global History” (co-taught with Dr. Katie Summers in the College of Pharmacy) and “The Climate Crisis: Mechanisms, Impacts, and Mitigation” (co-taught with Professors Mike Bevis and Matthew Saltzman in the School of Earth Science and Professor Jim Hood in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology).



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