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Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, PhD
Professor of American Studies and Political Science

School of Arts and Sciences - F220


School of Arts & Sciences

Public Health (BS)

BA, University of Missouri-Kansas City
MA, University of Missouri-Kansas City
PhD, Case Western Reserve University

Affiliated Appointments

Coordinator, Social Sciences. School of Arts and Sciences

Areas of Teaching
American Culture, Identity, and Public Life (Course Coordinator)
Evolution of the Health Professions
Disease and Society Global Infectious Diseases (School of Pharmacy, Team-Taught)

Scholarly Interests
History of Medicine and Health Care
Cultural History of the Drugstore
Social History of Hygiene
Social and Cultural History of Infectious Diseases
Public Health: History and Public Policy Medical Humanities

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Tebbe-Grossman, J.  (2010, December).  “‘Patients Have the Right to Clean Hands’:  The Paradox of Hospitals and Handwashing Promotion.”  New York Metro American Studies Association Annual Conference: DIRT.  St. John’s University in Lower Manhattan. New York, NY.

Tebbe-Grossman, J. (2010, October).  “Evolution of the Health Professions:  Historical and Public Policy Perspectives on Health and Illness.”  Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association.  Boston, Massachusetts.

Tebbe-Grossman, J., & Gardner, M. N. (2009, October).   “Germ Free?:  Hygiene History and the Consumption of Personal Care Products.”  New York Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Clifton, New Jersey.

Tanner, D., Anderson, D., Tebbe-Grossman, & J., Zeind, C. (2009, October).  “Interprofessional Teaching Initiatives that Link Science, Practice, and Community.”  Danforth Associates of New England  (DANE) Conference, Craigville, Massachusetts.

Anderson, D., Tanner, D., Tebbe-Grossman, J., & Zeind, C. (2009, October). “’Disease and Society’: Thinking and teaching from a scientific, historical, and cultural perspective.”  Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Region 1 Meeting, American Society for Microbiology, Cromwell, CT.

Tebbe-Grossman, J., Zeind, C., Anderson, D., McCloskey, W., Tanner, D., & Dacey, M.  (2009, July 21).  “Interprofessional Initiatives that Link Science, Practice, and Community.” American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  Boston, Massachusetts.

Tebbe-Grossman, J. (2012). “Health Care Delivery in America: Historical and Policy Perspectives” in Introduction to Health Care Delivery: A Primer for Pharmacists.  Robert L. McCarthy, Kenneth W. Schafermeyer and Kimberly S. Plake, Eds. Jones & Bartlett Publishers, 5th edition.

Tebbe-Grossman, J. (2011).  “Roosevelt Administration, Theodore” in Encyclopedia of Drug Policy, Eds. Mark A.R. Kleiman and James E. Hawdon. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

Tebbe-Grossman, J., Gardner, M.N. (2011).  “Germ-Free:  Hygiene History and Consuming Antimicrobial and Antiseptic Products” in Innate Immune System of Skin and Oral Mucosa:  Properties and Impact in Pharmaceutics, Cosmetics, and Personal Care Products. Dayan, Nava and Wertz, Philip W., Eds.  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Award, Outstanding Area Chair, “Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, 2007; 2010.

Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). Course Development Funding “Disease and Society,” Spring Semester, 2009. David Tanner (principal investigator), Delia Anderson, Jennifer Tebbe- Grossman,
Caroline Zeind.

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

American Association of the History of Medicine
American Institute of the History of Pharmacy
American Studies Association
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
New England American Studies Association
New England Historical Association
Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association

Recent and Current Professional Organization Offices Held:

Program Area Chair, Medical Humanities:  Health and Disease in Culture Area. Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference.  2006-present.

Program Area Chair, Health, Disease and Physical Culture Area.  Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conference.  2006-present.

Member, Executive Board.  Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. 2005-2006; 2007-2010.

Member, Executive Board. Northeast Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association. 2006-2010.  

Chair, Susan Koppelman Award for Best Edited Volume in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture Award Committee. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. 2006-present.

Member, Planning Committee.  Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. 2011.

Member, James P. Hanlan Book Award Committee.  New England Historical Association. 2009-1010. 

Member, Nominating Committee.  New England Historical Association.  2011-2013.

Personal Interests