Elliott NU Photo

As last year, we introduce our new collegues in the HPRS department. Today we meet Dr Elliott Bowen, who is joining us in Fall 2016 as Assistant Professor.

Elliott Bowen is a historian of medicine and public health.

A native of the Chicago (Illinois) area, he received his PhD in 2013 from Binghamton University (New York). Elliott’s research interests center on the history of sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), and his current book project offers up a history of Hot Springs, Arkansas – a city in the U.S. South known as the “Mecca of the American Syphilitic” on account of the thousands of men and women who annually journeyed there in the early twentieth-century to be treated for venereal infections. In addition to the history of STDs, Elliott’s teaching interests range widely across a number of broader fields – including the history of gender and sexuality, medicine and empire, bioethics, and the modern United States. While at Nazarbayev he will teach courses on each of these subjects, and is looking forward to incorporating the Central Asian region into both his coursework and future research projects.

Dr. Bowen will be teaching the following classes in Fall 2016:

  • HST124 Introduction to the History of Medicine
  • HST328 From Columbus to AIDS: Sex and Disease in the Modern World