Faculty & Staff

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D., Director

Dr. Markel is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Professor of History, Professor of Psychiatry, and Professor of Health Management and Policy. The author or editor of ten books including Quarantine! (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997) and When Germs Travel (Pantheon/Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), Dr. Markel has written more than 100 scholarly articles and reviews. His newest book, An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine (Pantheon Books/Alfred A. Knopf) was published in July 2011 to great critical acclaim and was both a New York Times Best Seller and a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice.” Dr. Markel is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Journal of the American Medical Association, National Public Radio, and other media venues.

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Core staff:

J. Alexander Navarro, Ph.D., Assistant Director, received his doctorate in History from the University of Michigan. A diplomatic, political and intellectual historian by training, Dr. Navarro has taught and conducted research on a wide range of topics, including U.S.-Latin American history and U.S.-Southeast Asian relations, Western labor history, 20th-century urban history, race and racism, and issues of national identity. Since joining the Center for the History of Medicine, Dr. Navarro has focused his research on the historical, social, economic, and political ramifications of the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. In addition to supervising the Center’s large research projects, Dr. Navarro assists in the management of the Center’s operations.

Heidi Mueller, B.A., Financial Specialist Intermediate, earned her degree from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, in Human Development. While Ms. Mueller wears many hats at the Center for the History of Medicine, she mainly focuses on coordinating the Center’s day-by-day operations and working as the assistant to the director.