Department of History and International & Area Studies
B.A., History, with focus on China, Reed College, 1991
M.A., International Affairs, Columbia Univeristy, 2002
M.A., Ph.D., History, University of California, San Diego, 2003-2010
Miriam Gross is jointly appointed in the departments of History and International and Area Studies. She received her Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University and her Masters and Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on the crossover between public health and politics. She examines both how the state imposes new health regimens and how the intended recipients try to make sense of and sabotage the state’s goals.
Her recent book Farewell to the God of Plague reassesses the celebrated Maoist health care model through the lens of Mao’s famous campaign against snail fever. The book also reconsiders the relationship between science and political control during the ostensibly antiscientific Maoist era, discovering the important role of “grassroots science” in regime legitimation and Party control in rural areas. Gross’s next projects explore the development of the Chinese rural public health system, the Chinese campaign against SARS, Sino-US battles over malaria drugs during the Vietnam War, and China’s medical diplomacy in Asia and Africa.