Gerald Markowitz

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Research Interests

  • Public Health, American Social History


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Selected Publications

  • Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children (Berkeley: University of California Press/ Milbank Memorial Fund, 2013). With David Rosner.

  • Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution, (with David Rosner) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).

  • Children, Race, and Power: Kenneth and Mamie Clark's Northside Center, (with David Rosner), (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1996).

  • Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease in Twentieth Century America (with D. Rosner) (Princeton: Princeton University Press 199l; paperback 1994). (Noted as "Outstanding Academic Book of 1991" by Choice).

  • Dying for Work: Safety and Health in the United States (with D. Rosner) (Indiana: 1987). (Noted as an "Outstanding Academic Books of 1987" by Choice).

  • "Slaves of the Depression": Workers' Letters about Life on the Job (with D. Rosner) (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987).

  • Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal (with M. Park) (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984).

  • New Deal for Art (with M. Park) (Hamilton, N.Y.: Gallery Association of New York State, 1977).


  • “The Childhood Lead Poisoning Epidemic in Historical Perspective,” Endeavour 40 (June 2016): 93-101 .

  • “’Unleashed on an Unsuspecting World’: The Asbestos Information Association and Its Role in Perpetuating a National Epidemic,” American Journal of Public Health, 106 (2016): 834-840. With David Rosner.

  • “Building the World That Kills Us: The Politics of Lead, Science, and Polluted Homes, 1970 to 2000," Journal of Urban History, 42 (March 2016), 323 - 345. With David Rosner.

  • “‘Educate the Individual . . . to a Sane Appreciation of the Risk’: A History of Industry’s Responsibility to Warn of Job Dangers Before the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,” American Journal of Public Health 106 (2016): 28-35. With David Rosner.

  • "Workers, Industry, and the Control of Information: Silicosis and the Industrial Hygiene Foundation," Journal of Public Health Policy, 16 (Spring, 1995), 25-58

  • "Race and Foster Care," Dissent, (Spring, 1993) (with D. Rosner).

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice