Lecture Tangier Forum for Global Studies Lecture Series
Water and food contaminated by human excreta are a major cause of morbidity and a principal determinant of childhood mortality in the Global South. What are the major health challenges faced in Africa? How do these compare with challenges elsewhere in the world?
James L.A. Webb, Jr. is Professor of History at Colby College where he teaches courses in world history, ecological history, and global health history. In the fall of 2015 he was a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and is now holding the Sanofi Chair in Public Health at the Centre Virchow-Villermé at the Université de Paris (Descartes). He is the founding editor of two monograph series at the Ohio University Press: Perspectives on Global Health and Ecology & History. Prof. Webb has published several books in global health, including Humanity’s Burden: A Global History of Malaria (Cambridge, 2009) and The Long Struggle Against Malaria in Tropical Africa (Cambridge, 2014). His research interests are in the field of historical epidemiology. He is currently working on a book entitled The Guts of the Matter: Intestinal Diseases, Biomedicine, and Global Public Health.