David S. Barnes
Director, Health & Societies Program and Associate Professor
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David Barnes is an Associate Professor and Director of the Health & Societies Program in the Department of History and Sociology of Science in the School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches the history of medicine and public health. Prior to his time at Penn, Barnes taught for a year at the Institute for Liberal arts at Emory University and for seven years in the History of Science Department at Harvard University. His current research is concentrated in the history of infectious disease, epidemiology, and public health; nineteenth-century urban European social and cultural history; and the politics of international disease control programs. He has a forthcoming book on the history of the Lazaretto Quarantine Station, located outside of Philadelphia.
Barnes, David. 2006. The Great Stink of Paris and the Nineteenth-Century Struggle against Filth and Germs. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Barnes, David. 2002. Scents and Sensibilities: Disgust and the Meanings of Odors in Late Nineteenth-Century Paris." Historical Reflections/Réflexions historiques, 28 : 21-49.
Barnes, David. 2000. Historical Perspectives on the Etiology of Tuberculosis. Microbes and Infection, 2: 431-440.
Barnes, David. 1995. The Making of a Social Disease: Tuberculosis in Nineteenth-Century France. Berkley, CA: University of California Press.
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
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Carolyn Cannuscio is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is a social epidemiologist with substantial experience studying aging, chronic disease, and health disparities. Her work focuses on the material and social causes of later-life health disparities, and the preventable causes of urban health disparities. In addition, Cannuscio advances the use of visual methods in health disparities research, collaborating with a strong interdisciplinary team of researchers and student research assistants to this end. She is a Senior Fellow with Penn’s Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, an affiliated faculty member with Penn’s Master of Public Health Program, Senior Fellow with Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, and a Health Science Specialist with the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.
Cannuscio, C., E. Bugos, S. Hersh, D. Asch, E. Weiss. 2012. Using Art to Amplify Youth Voices on Housing Insecurity. American Journal of Public Health, 102 (1): 10-12.
Cannuscio, C., E. Weiss, and D, Asch. 2010. Urban Foodways: Multiple Paths to Health and Illness.” Journal of Urban Health, 87(3): 381–393
Cannuscio, C., E. Weiss, J. P. Schroeder, H. Fruchtman, J. Weiner, and D. Asch. 2009. Visual Epidemiology: Photographs as Tools for Probing Street-level Etiologies. Social Science and Medicine, 69(4).
Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Pediatrics
Senior Scholar, Epidemiology, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatiscs (CCEB)
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Shiriki Kumanyika has an interdisciplinary background and holds advanced degrees in social work, nutrition, and public health. She was the Founding Director of Penn’s interdisciplinary, multi-school Master of Public Health program and is currently the Senior Advisor to the Center for Public Health Initiatives. Kumanyika’s research focuses on identifying effective strategies to reduce nutrition-related chronic disease risks. She has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on several randomized clinical trials or observational studies related to salt intake, other aspects of diet, or obesity. A major theme in her current research is improving equity in food marketing environments in African American communities. In 2002, she founded the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network (AACORN) (http://www.aacorn.org), a national network that seeks to improve the quantity, quality, and effective translation of research on weight issues in African American communities. In addition, she has a long history of providing policy guidance on public health nutrition issues to organizations in the United States and abroad. Kumanyika has published extensively in the scientific literature and lectured widely in the U.S. and many other countries.
Grier, S.A. and S. K. Kumanyika. 2008. The Context for Choice: Health Implications of Targeted Food and Beverage Marketing to African Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 98(9): 1616-29.
Disantis, K. I., S. K. Grier, A. Odoms-Young, M. L. Baskin, L. Carter-Edwards, D. R. Young, V. Lassiter, and S. K. Kumanyika . 2013. What "Price" Means When Buying Food: Insights From a Multisite Qualitative Study with Black Americans. American Journal of Public Health, 103(3): 516-522.
Kumanyika, S, W. C. Taylor, S. A. Grier, V. Lassiter, K. J. Lancaster, C. B. Morssink, A. M. Renzaho. 2012. Community Energy Balance: A Framework for Contextualizing Cultural Influences on High Risk of Obesity in Ethnic Minority Populations. Prev Med., 55(5): 371-81