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Professor Warwick Anderson

Prof Warwick Anderson on location

Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow (2012-17) and Professor
M.B.B.S., B.Med.Sc., M.D. (Melbourne)
M.A., Ph.D. (Pennsylvania)

K6.06 Main Quad
+61 2 9351 3365

Warwick Anderson holds an appointment as ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor in the Department of History and the Center for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine. Additionally, he has an affiliation with the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at Sydney and is a Professorial Fellow of the School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne. As an historian of biology, medicine, and public health, focusing on Australasia, the Pacific, Southeast Asia, and the United States, Prof. Anderson is especially interested in ideas about race, human difference, and citizenship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Occasionally he writes programmatically on postcolonial science studies and, more generally, on science and globalization.

Before moving to Sydney in 2007, Prof. Anderson was Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Population Health, Professor of the History of Science, and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Wisconsin he also served on the steering committee of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and was a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Previously Prof. Anderson taught at Harvard, Melbourne (where he founded the Centre for Health and Society), UCSF and Berkeley. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council (US), and the Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations. He was the Frederick Burkhardt Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2005-6), and a Guggenheim Fellow (2007-8). He has held visiting professorships at Harvard, Manchester and McMaster universities. His books have been awarded the W.K. Hancock Prize (AHA, 2004); the Philippines National Book Award for Social Science (2008); the NSW Premier’s General History Prize (2009); the William H. Welch Medal (AAHM, 2010); and the Ludwik Fleck Prize (4S, 2010).

Research areas
History of science, medicine, and public health
History of racial thought
Postcolonial science studies

Research projects
History of scientific studies of race mixing in the twentieth century
History of autoimmunity and ideas of biological individuality
History of disease ecology
History of the transparent man and fascist embodiment

Selected publications

[Edited, with D. Jenson and R.C. Keller] Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties. Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2008. [Winner 2009 NSW Premier's General History Prize; 2010 William H. Welch Medal of the American Association of the History of Medicine; and 2010 Ludwik Fleck Award of the Society for Social Studies of Science.]
Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines. Durham NC: Duke University Press; 2006; and Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press; 2007. [Winner 2008 Philippine Book Awards, Social Science Prize]
The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health and Racial Destiny in Australia. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press; 2002; and New York: Basic Books; 2003. Reprinted MUP, 2005; Duke University Press, 2006. [W.K. Hancock Award (Australian Historical Association) and inaugural Basic Books Award]

Special Issues of Journals
[With S. Amir and S. Moon] Emergent studies of science and technology in Southeast Asia. East Asian STS Journal. 2009; 3, no. 2-3.
[With Gabrielle Hecht] “Postcolonial technoscience.” Social Studies of Science. 2002; 32, no. 5-6.

[With Ross L. Jones] "Wandering anatomists and itinerant anthropologists: the antipodean sciences of race in Britain between the wars." The British Journal for the History of Science. 2013, available on CJO2013. doi:10.1017/S0007087413000939.
"Objectivity and its Discontents", Social Studies of Science. 2013; 43(4): 557-576.
"The case of the archive." Critical Inquiry. 2013; 39(3): 532-547.
"Asia as method in science and technology studies." East Asian Science, Technology and Society 2012; 6: forthcoming.
"Objectivity and its discontents." Social Studies of Science, first published on August 21, 2012 as doi:10.1177/0306312712455732.
"Hybridity, race, and science: the voyage of the Zaca, 1934-35." Isis. 2012; 103: 229-253.
"Racial anthropology and human biology in the island laboratories of the United States." Current Anthropology. 2012; 53: S95-S107.
"Infectious disease in the bigger picture." Medical J. Australia. 2012; 196: 358.
[with H. Pols] "Scientific patriotism: medical science and national self- fashioning in Southeast Asia." Comparative Studies in Society and History. 2012; 54: 93-113.
"Stanley B. Prusiner." eLS. September 2011: 1. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003600
"Crap on the map, or postcolonial waste." Postcolonial Studies. 2010; 13: 173-82.
[With I.R. Mackay] "What's in a name? Experimental encephalomyelitis: "allergic" or "autoimmune."" J. Neuroimmunology (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jneuroim.2010.03.017
"From subjugated knowledge to conjugated subjects: science and globalisation, or postcolonial studies of science?" Postcolonial Studies. 2009; 12: 389-400.
"Re-orienting STS: emergent studies of science and technology in Southeast Asia." East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal. 2009; 3: 163-71.
"Ambiguities of race: science on the reproductive frontiers of Australia and the Pacific between the wars." Australian Historical Studies. 2009; 40: 143-60.
"Modern sentinel and colonial microcosm: science, discipline and distress at the Philippine General Hospital." Philippine Studies. 2008; 57: 3-48.
"Indigenous health in a global frame: from community development to human rights." Health and History 2008; 10:2 94-108.
"Early perceptions of an epidemic." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 2008; 363: 3675-3678.
“Teaching ‘race’ at medical school: social scientists on the margin.” Social Studies of Science. 2008; 38, 793-808
"The colonial medicine of settler states: comparing histories of indigenous
health." Health and History. 2007; 9: 144-54
“Science in the Philippines.” Philippine Studies. 2007;55: 285-316
“Immunization and hygiene in the colonial Philippines.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. 2007; 62: 1-20.
“Natural histories of infectious disease: ecological vision in twentieth-century biomedical science.” Osiris. 2004; 19: 39-61.
“Postcolonial technoscience.” Social Studies of Science. 2002; 32: 643-58.
“Going through the motions: American hygiene and colonial ‘mimicry.’” American Literary History. 2002; 14: 686-719.
“The possession of kuru: medical science and biocolonial exchange.” Comparative Studies in Society and History. 2000; 42: 713-44.
“The perception of disease, and its meanings.” Lancet 2000. 1999; 354: SIV49.
"Leprosy and citizenship." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique. 1998; 6: 707-30.
"The trespass speaks: white masculinity and colonial breakdown," American Historical Review. 1997; 102: 1343-70.
"Immunities of empire: race, disease and the new tropical medicine." Bulletin of the History of Medicine. 1996; 70: 94-118.
"Excremental colonialism: public health and the poetics of pollution," Critical Inquiry. 1995; 21: 640-69.
[With Myles Jackson and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz] "Toward an unnatural history of immunology." Journal of the History of Biology. 1994; 27: 575-94.
"The reasoning of the strongest: the polemics of skill and science in medical diagnosis." Social Studies of Science. 1992; 22: 653-84.
"Climates of opinion: acclimatization in 19th century France and England." Victorian Studies. 1992; 35: 135-157.
"The New York needle trial: the politics of public health in the age of AIDS." American Journal of Public Health. 1991; 81: 1506-1517.

Book Chapters
Waiting for Newton? From hydraulic societies to the hydraulics of globalization. In: Force, Movement, Intensity: The Newtonian Imagination and the Humanities and Social Sciences, 128-35. Ed. Ghassan Hage and Emma Kowal. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2011.
Anderson W., Jenson D., Keller R.C. Globalizing the unconscious. In: Unconscious Dominions: Psychoanalysis, Colonial Trauma, and Global Sovereignties, 1-20. Ed. Warwick Anderson, Deborah Jenson, Richard C. Keller. Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2011.
Anderson W. Biomedicine in Chinese East Asia: From semi-colonial to post-colonial? In: Health and Hygiene in Modern Chinese East Asia: Policies and Publics in the Long Twentieth Century, 273-78. Ed. Angela Ki Che Leung and Charlotte Furth. Durham NC: Duke University Press, 2010.
"From plague, an epidemic comes: recounting disease as contamination and configuration." In: Plagues: Beyond Epidemics. Ed. Alan Swedlund and Ann Herring. Amsterdam: Berg, forthcoming 2010.
"Biomedicine in Chinese East Asia: From semi-colonial to post-colonial?" In: Health and Hygiene in Modern Chinese East Asia. Ed. Angela Ki Che Leung and Charlotte Furth. Durham NC: Duke University Press, forthcoming 2010.
"Traveling white." In: Reorienting Whiteness, 65-72. Ed. Leigh Boucher, Katherine Ellinghaus and Jane Carey. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
“Pacific crossings: imperial logics in U.S. public health programs.” In: Empires in Transition, 277-87. Ed. Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco Scarano. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
"René Jules Dubos." In: New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, 8 vols. Ed. Noretta Koertge. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons; 2007.
[With Vincanne Adams] “Pramoedya’s chickens: postcolonial studies of technoscience.” In: The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 3rd ed., 181-204. Ed. Edward J. Hackett, Olga Amsterdamska, Michael Lynch, and Judy Wajcman. Cambridge MA: MIT Press; 2007.
“Racial hygiene and the making of citizens in the Philippines and Australia.” In: Haunted by Empire: Geographies of Intimacy in North American History. Ed. Ann L. Stoler. Durham, NC: Duke, 2006.
“Postcolonial histories of medicine” In: Medical History: The Stories and Their Meanings, 285-307. Ed. John Harley Warner and Frank Huisman. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Univ. Press; 2004.
"The natures of culture: environment and race in the colonial tropics.” In: Nature in the Global South: Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia, 29-46. Ed. Paul Greenough and Anna L. Tsing. Durham and London: Duke Univ. Press; 2003.
"The 'third-world' body." In: Medicine in the Twentieth Century, 235-46. Ed. Roger Cooter and John Pickstone. London and New York: Routledge; 2000.

Other professional contributions

Prof. Anderson was the founding editor of Health and History; an associate editor of the East Asian STS Journal and Postcolonial Studies; and served on the advisory editorial board of the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, as well as on the council of the American Association for the History of Medicine. He edited book series for the University of Wisconsin Press and the University of Hawaii Press.