This talk will consider the importance of mapping for the understanding of epidemic diseases since John Snow’s work on cholera in London. The focus will be on ways in which traditional maps have greatly helped to understand the way in which race, pre-existing conditions, and air pollution have served as drivers of the coronavirus pandemic.
Professor Snowden received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 1975. His books include Violence and Great Estates in the South of Italy: Apulia, 1900-1922 (1984); The Fascist Revolution in Tuscany, 1919-1922 (1989); Naples in the Times of Cholera (1995) and The Conquest of Malaria: Italy, 1900-1962 (2006). Conquest was awarded the Gustav Ranis Prize from the MacMillan Center at Yale in 2007 as “the best book on an international topic by a member of the Yale Faculty,” the Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize by the American Historical Association as the best work on Italy in any period, and the 2008 Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine.
He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Italian history, European social and political history, and the history of medicine.