Alexandre White

Alexandre White is PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins, Department of Sociology. He earned a B.A. in Black Studies from Amherst College, an MSc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Sociology from Boston University. He is jointly affiliated with the Department of the History of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine and is an Associate Director for the Center For Medical Humanities and Social Medicine at Johns Hopkins. His work examines the social effects of infectious epidemic outbreaks in both historical and contemporary settings as well as the global mechanisms that produce responses to outbreak. His published work in the field has demonstrated how differences in the perceived threat of deadly diseases have provoked anomalous responses to outbreaks. White has published extensively in social science journals on the topics of racism, slavery and medicine including in the journals, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Theory and Society and Social Science History. He is the editor of the volume Global Historical Sociology of Race and Racism and has published in medical journals such as the British Medical Journal, the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet. His current book project Epidemic Orientalism: Race, Capital and the Governance of Infectious Disease is forthcoming from Stanford University Press explores the historical roots of international responses to epidemic threats.

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