When we fail to address health disparities and root those disparities in archaic notions of human difference, we do so at the peril of the populations we claim we want to help. And, in turn, science itself can be part of the problem....more
Professor Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH, is a public health historian and ethicist in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. He completed his PhD and MPH in Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yudell is the author of several books, including Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century, winner of the 2016 Arthur J. Viseltear Award from the American Public Health Association, and Welcome to the Genome: A User’s Guide to the Genetic Past, Present, and Future (with Rob DeSalle). Along with Dr. Samuel K. Roberts, Yudell edits the Columbia University Press Series Race, Inequality, and Health. He also conducts research on autism and ethics, including currently a National Science Foundation project examining the ethics of community-engaged autism research. Yudell is currently writing A Way of Being Human, a history of autism spectrum disorders. Finally, Yudell is Chair of the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health’s Newborn Screening and Follow-up Technical Advisory Board. On a lighter note, Yudell performs in the long-running improv comedy show Study Hall. You can follow him on twitter @publicshealth.