Gerald Markowitz

Gerald Markowitz

Distinguished Professor
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PhD  University of Wisconsin

MA    University of Wisconsin
BA     Earlham College


Gerald Markowitz is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He received his doctorate from the Department of History of the University of Wisconsin and has been teaching at John Jay since 1970. He is the recipient of numerous grants from private and federal agencies, including the Milbank Memorial Fund, National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation. He has been awarded the Viseltear Prize for Outstanding Work in the History of the Public Health from the American Public Health Association in 2000. Together with David Rosner he has authored and edited books and articles on occupational safety and health, including: Are We Ready? The Public Health Response to 9/11, (University of California Press, 2006), Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial PollutionDeadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth Century America, (Princeton University Press, 2002); Dying for Work (Indiana University Press, 1987); Slaves of the Depression: Workers' Letters about Life on the Job (Cornell University Press, 1987); “Politicizing Science: The Case of the Bush Administration’s Influence on the Lead Advisory Panel at the Centers for Disease Control,” Journal of Public Health Policy, 24 (2003),105-129; “Industry Challenges to the Principle of Prevention in Public Health: The Precautionary Principle in Historical Perspective,” Public Health Reports, 117 (November/ December 2002), 501-512; “‘Cater to the Children’ The Role of the Lead Industry in a Public Health Tragedy, 1900-1955,” (with D. Rosner), American Journal of Public Health, 90 (January, 2000), 36-46; The Reawakening of National Concern about Silicosis,” Public Health Reports 113 (July/August 1998), 302-311;“Workers, Industry, and the Control of Information: Silicosis and the Industrial Hygiene Foundation,” Journal of Public Health Policy, 16 (Spring, 1995), 29-58; “The Limits of Thresholds, Silica and the Politics of Science, 1935-1990,” American Journal of Public Health, 85 (February, 1995), 253-262. Their new book, The Contested Boundaries of American Public Health will be published by Rutgers University Press in spring 2008. (University of California Press and Milbank Memorial Fund, 2002, paper 2003); 




Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children (with David Rosner) (Berkeley: University of California Press/ Milbank Memorial Fund, 2013)

The Contested Boundaries of Public Health, (co-edited with James Colgrove and David Rosner), Rutgers University Press, 2008.

Are We Ready? Public Health Since 9/11 (with David Rosner) (Berkeley: University of California Press/ Milbank Memorial Fund, 2006).

Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the On-Going Struggle to Protect Workers' Health (New and Expanded edition) (with David Rosner) (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006).

Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, (with David Rosner), Berkeley: University of California Press/Milbank Memorial Fund, 2002; paper, 2003; new expanded edition, 2012)

Children, Race, and Power: Kenneth and Mamie Clarks' Northside Center, (with David Rosner), (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996; Paperback: New York: Routledge, 2000)

World Civilizations, Sources, Images, and Interpretations, volumes 1 and 2 (ed. Western Hemisphere selections) (NY: McGraw Hill, Inc, 1994, 4th edition, 2005).

Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Industrial Disease in Twentieth Century America, (with D. Rosner), (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991; paperback ed. Fall 1994). (Noted as an  Outstanding Academic Book of 1991  by Choice).

 Slaves of the Depression : Workers Letters About Life on the Job (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987,) (ed. with D. Rosner)  

Dying for Work: Workers' Safety and Health in Twentieth Century America (ed. with D. Rosner) (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987; paperback ed. 1989). (Noted as an  Outstanding Academic Books of 1987  by Choice).

Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984) (with M. Park).

New Deal for Art (Hamilton, N.Y.: Gallery Association of New York State, 1977) (with M. Park).

The Anti-Imperialists, 1898-1902 (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1976).



20th century history and the history of public health, environmental health, and occupational safety and health.