Keith A. Wailoo

Henry Putnam University Professor
Department of History and Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
Chair, Department of History
Office Phone
216 Dickinson Hall

Keith Wailoo is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs. He is jointly appointed in the Department of History and in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He is former Vice Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs, former Chair of History, and current President of the American Association for the History of Medicine (2020-2022). His research straddles history and health policy, touching on drugs and drug policy, on the politics of race and health, on the interplay of identity, ethnicity, gender, and medicine, and on controversies in genetics and society.

In 2021, he received the Dan David Prize for his "influential body of historical scholarship focused on race, science, and health equity; on the social implications of medical innovation; and on the politics of disease" and was also elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences(link is external).  His writings have advanced historical and public understanding on a range of topics: racial disparities in health care, the cultural politics of pain and opioids, how pandemic change societies(link is external), and the FDA's decision to ban menthol cigarettes.

In 2007 he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and he is the recipient of numerous other academic honors.

Selected Publications

His new book is Pushing Cool: Big Tobacco, Racial Marketing, and the Untold Story of the Menthol Cigarette (University of Chicago Press, 2021).

Professor Wailoo's other award-winning books include: