James L. A. Webb, Jr.


James L. A. Webb, Jr. is Professor of History at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 

Jim is a pioneer in the field of historical epidemiology. His work integrates approaches from the biological sciences and the social sciences to produce perspectives that are useful to historians, practitioners, and planners in the field of global public health. He is the founding editor of the series Perspectives on Global Health at the Ohio University Press. He is currently working on an historical epidemiology of diarrheal diseases and interventions.

Jim teaches courses in world history, ecological history, African health history, and global health history.  He is the founding editor of the Series in Ecology and History at the Ohio University Press.  He is the author of Humanity’s Burden: A Global History of Malaria (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Tropical Pioneers: Human Agency and Ecological Change in the Highlands of Sri Lanka, 1800-1900 (Ohio University Press, 2002), and Desert Frontier: Ecological and Economic Change along the Western Sahel, 1600-1850 (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995).

See Jim’s CV here

What’s New?
Early in 2014, Jim will give a lecture on African malaria at Bates College, and then travel to the University of Florida to give talks for the Center for African Studies and the Emerging Pathogens Institute.