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Faculty Member: Jennifer Keelan

Posted on: Feb 22, 2014

Faculty Member: Jennifer Keelan, PhD

Academic Credentials: PhD (University of Toronto)

Position: Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health – Graduate Studies


Jennifer Keelan completed her PhD in History of Science and Medicine at the University of Toronto’s Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Her Ph.D. thesis focused on late nineteenth anti-vaccinationism and the social and medical factors involved in early epidemiological reasoning for compulsory vaccination including the calculations of risk, and public testimony about medical science. Her work examined the assessment of the various smallpox vaccination technologies in Canada and the United States in the context of late nineteenth century bacteriological sciences.

Dr. Keelan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. After completing her PhD at the University of Toronto’s Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology in 2004, she was awarded a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship (2004-06) held at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College of London, and in Program on Science, Technology, and Society at The Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard University. Her research interests include public health policy, civic and social epistemology, the public’s understanding of science, and the history of medicine.