Alexander Parry

Alex received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. from the Literary and Cultural Studies program at the University of Oklahoma. His previous research analyzed how the domestic reformer Catharine Beecher combined religion and physiology to provide health advice for nineteenth-century American women. He has also examined how the turn-of-the-twentieth-century…

Durgesh Solanki

Durgesh Solanki is a PhD student in the Sociology department. His research interests lie in medical sociology, urban inequality, empire, and the comparative study of caste and race. Durgesh’s current work examines the relationship between colonialism and the development of sanitation systems in the spread and management of plague epidemics in the late 19th and…

Joanna Behrman

Joanna Behrman is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Science and Technology at Johns Hopkins University. Her research work has included multiple projects at the intersection of gender and the history of science education. She is currently finishing her dissertation on the influence of women’s colleges on the history of women…

Daniel Polsky

Daniel Polsky is the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at Johns Hopkins University. He holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.  From 1996-2016 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Robert D. Eilers Professor the Wharton…

Iro Filippaki

Iro Filippaki (pronounced Eero) is the Center’s inaugural postdoctoral researcher. Her role includes organizing Center events; working with the Director and faculty to develop new programs; liaising with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of Johns Hopkins University; and developing online content for the Center’s online and social media presence, as well as conducting her…

Lauren Small

Lauren Small is a writer and novelist with strong interests in social justice, narrative medicine, and the history of psychiatry. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Master’s degrees in French and German at the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught French, German, English, literature and creative writing. Her scholarly work has appeared in…

Kamna Balhara

Dr. Kamna Balhara, MD, MA, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Program Director of the emergency medicine residency program at Johns Hopkins. She practices clinically in the emergency departments at Hopkins and Bayview. Her research interests include graduate medical education, patient safety and access to care, and the medical humanities. She is…

Judith Vick

Judith Vick is a medical student, researcher, writer, and family caregiver. In 2018, she graduated with an MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in 2019, she will graduate with an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to matriculating at Hopkins, she worked for the Writing and Speaking Programs at…

Sarah Roth

Sarah Roth is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Spanning the United States and Mexico, her ethnographic research follows the experiences of individuals, families, and providers affected by the intersection of cancer care, genetic medicine, and patient advocacy movements. She is interested in the ways in which risk, disease, and…

Kevin Shird

Kevin Shird is a three-time published author, activist and public speaker. This sought-after writer has become the content-expert on using the past to build a better future based on his life experiences. At the tender age of 16, Shird began his very unorthodox journey and it started with dealer drugs on the streets of Baltimore…