I received my PhD in History at the Humboldt University in Berlin before I took up a position as post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for the History of Medicine in Zurich in 2013. My doctoral research focused on the visual medical history of AIDS/HIV. This research led to my first book, Mapping AIDS, which will be published with Cambridge University Press in 2018.
In 2014, I joined Christos Lynteris’ ERC project at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, to study the visual history of the Third Plague Pandemic (1890 to 1950) in North and South America. I focused on plague mapping, the history of medical photography, medical geography, and the plague-driven enforcement of bacteriological expertise in public health. From archival findings emerged an ongoing collaborative project with Christos Lynteris on Sulphuric Utopias. Our forthcoming book concerns the technological history of fumigation and the political history of maritime sanitation at the turn of the twentieth century.
With the Chancellor’s Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, I work on the Long History of Digital Epidemiology. The project will illuminate historical developments in biomedicine and epidemiology that led to the emergence of an epidemiology based on data and models, rather than doctors’ diagnoses and the mere counting of cases. Over the next three years, my research will show that the practices of abstraction and formalization in the history of epidemiology have had decisive influence on today’s digital health landscape.