Ezelle Sanford III
Assistant Professor, History
Dr. Ezelle Sanford III is an Assistant Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University and Visiting Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. His scholarship sits at the intersection of African American, medical, and urban histories. He is particularly interested in histories of race, science, and medicine from the 19th century to the present. He is currently working on a book project titled, Segregated Medicine: How Racial Politics Shaped American Healthcare, which utilizes the case of St. Louis’s Homer G. Phillips Hospital, America’s largest segregated hospital in the mid-twentieth century, to trace how the logic and legacy of racial segregation established structures of healthcare inequality that persist to this day. His work has been featured in popular and academic publications and has received several fellowships and awards.
- (Under Contract) Segregated Medicine: How Racial Politics Shaped American Healthcare (forthcoming) Columbia University Press.
- Izzo, Amanda, and Benjamin Looker, eds. “‘Save Homer G. Phillips and All Public Hospitals’: African American Grassroots Activism and the Decline of Municipal Public Healthcare in St. Louis.” In Left in the Midwest: St. Louis Progressive Activism in the 1960s and 1970s, 335–63. St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2022.
- Remembering Nurse Eunice Rivers Laurie, the Black Face of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, and Why She is an Important Figure for Students to Know, November 2021
- “Black Inventors: A Broader View.” National Geographic, February 2020.
- Williams, J. Corey, Nientara Anderson, Terrell Holloway, Ezelle Sanford III, MyraMathis, Jeffrey Eugene, and Jessica Isom. “Reopening the United States: Black and Hispanic Workers Are Essential and Expendable Again. American Journal of Public Health, 110, no. 10 (September 9, 2020): 1506–8.
- Carter, Chelsey, and Ezelle Sanford III. “The Myth of Black Immunity: Racialized Disease during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Black Perspectives: The African American Intellectual History Society Blog, April 3, 2020.
- Featured, Social Science Research Council’s #coronavirusyllabus: A crowd-sourced, cross-disciplinary resource
- Reprint, Carter, Chelsey, and Ezelle Sanford III. “The Myth of Black Immunity: Racialized Disease during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” St. Louis American. April 16, 2020.
- Featured, Carter, Chelsey, and Ezelle Sanford III. “The Myth of Black Immunity: Racialized Disease during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Office of Inclusion and Diversity. Blog Series – Covid-19: Stories, Insights and Perspectives, April 27, 2020.
- Sanford III, Ezelle. “Civil Rights and Health Care: Remembering Simkins V. Cone (1963)” Perspectives: The African American Intellectual History Society Blog, February (2017).
- “Re-Thinking the Black Hospital: Race, Community, and Healing in the Jim Crow and Contemporary Eras.” Slideshow: The Journal of the Merle Kling Undergraduate Honors Fellowship, May 2012, 25–38.
- Fitzpatrick, Joyce, and Brian Shackleford. The Color of Medicine: The Story of Homer G. Phillips Hospital. Film, Documentary, 2018.
Department Member Since: 2021