Susan D. Jones, Director and Professor in the Program in History of Science and Technology, and the Department of Ecology Evolution and Behavior, has won a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Her research concentrates on the sociocultural history of veterinary medicine and disease ecology, especially for zoonoses (diseases transmitted between animals and humans).
She will use her Guggenheim Fellowship to work on a new book titled Plague Homelands: Disease and ‘Internal Colonization’ in the Eurasian Borderlands. Focusing on the ancient cradle of bubonic plague in Eurasia, the book explores how local people and Soviet-era scientists understood plague’s human-animal ecology and tried to control the disease. The history of plague in its Eurasian homeland holds many lessons as we struggle to balance the health of people with the health of ecosystems today.