Professor Martin Halliwell

Head of the School of Arts and Professor of American Studies


Professor Halliwell’s expertise will be invaluable in helping to understand the factors that have contributed to the United States becoming the global epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak. He has published extensively on public health in the U.S and he is currently involved in a collaborative ESRC-funded Global Challenges project on public health and the prison system in Guyana. His new book titled American Health Crisis: One Hundred Years of Panic, Planning, and Politics will be published in spring 2021 by the University of California Press and explores U.S. federal responses to critical health episodes from the end of World War I to the present. He charts the evolution of the U.S. Public Health Service in response to warfare, pandemic and periodic crises in health care delivery. He also covers the current COVID-19 pandemic with respect to federal leadership, health security, public health education, and media and cultural responses. To learn more about Professor Halliwell’s book, read his blog: Breaking the cycle of health crises.

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