Jennifer Tappan

Assistant Professor

CH 441E
Wed: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fields of Expertise:
Sub-Saharan African history; East African history; history of colonial and tropical medicine

Recent publications:

Medicalizing Malnutrition: Nearly a Century of Kwashiorkor Work in a Small Part of Africa

Medicalizing Malnutrition examines efforts to combat a severe form of acute childhood malnutrition (kwashiorkor) in the East African country of Uganda over nearly a century. Drawing on extensive research spanning three continents and an array of sources, Medicalizing Malnutrition illuminates the interplay between colonialism, the production of scientific and medical knowledge, and the delivery of health-services in twentieth- and twenty-first century Africa.

“Blood Work and Rumors of Blood: Nutritional Research and Insurrection in Buganda, 1938-1952,” International Journal of African Historical Studies special edition on “Incorporating Medical Research into the History of Medicine in East Africa” 47:3 (2014): 473-494.

“The True Fiasco: The Treatment and Prevention of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Uganda, 1950-1974,” in Global Health in Africa: Historical Perspectives on Culture, Epidemiology, and Disease Control, Tamara Giles-Vernick and James L.A. Webb, Jr., eds. (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2013), 92-113.


Courses taught:

  • HST 300, Historical Imagination
  • BST/INTL 211A & UNST 233A, Introduction to African Studies/Global Perspectives
  • HST 312U, Africa to 1800
  • HST 313U, Africa since 1800
  • HST 412/512, Topics in African History and Culture: Health and Healing in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • HST 412/512, Topics in African History and Culture: Women and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • PhD
    Columbia University