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MCPHS Faculty Tebbe-Grossman

Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman, PhD

Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Political Science

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Office: F220

(P) 617.732.2904


School of Arts and Sciences


Public Health (BS)


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

Affiliated Appointments

Member, Graduate Faculty, School of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

History of Medicine and Health Care
Cultural History of the Drugstore
Social and Cultural History of Hygiene and Antibiotic Drug Resistance
Social and Cultural History of Infectious Diseases
Public Health: History, Public Policy, and Global Health
Healthcare Humanities

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Book and Encyclopedia Chapters (selected)

Tebbe-Grossman, J. & Gardner, M. N. (2011) Germ Free?: Hygiene History and Consuming Antimicrobial and Antiseptic Products. N. Dayan & P.W. Wertz (Eds.), The Innate Immune System of Skin and Oral Mucosa: Properties and Impact in Pharmaceutics, Cosmetics and Personal Care Products. Wiley Press.

Tebbe-Grossman, J. (2011).Health Care Delivery in America: Historical and Public Policy Perspectives. In R.L. McCarthy, K.W. Schafermeyer & K.S. Plake (Eds.), Introduction to Health Care Delivery With Companion Website: A Primer for Pharmacists. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. (Chapter significantly revised and Instructor’s Manual Chapter developed and updated for Website).

Tebbe-Grossman, J. (2005). Drugs and Drug-Taking. In B. Feintuch & D. Watters (Eds.), Encyclopedia of New England Culture. New Haven CT: Yale University Press.

Tebbe-Grossman, J. (2004). Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol. In Peter Rollins (Ed.), The Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the American Past. Columbia University Press.

Tebbe-Grossman, J. (1984). Mass Media, History and Culture Between the Two World Wars, 1918-1941: A Bibliographical Essay. In C.L. Covert & J. Stevens (Eds), Mass Media Between the Wars: Perceptions of Cultural Tensions, 1918-1941. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press.

Conference Presentations and Invited Lectures (selected)

Tebbe-Grossman, J. , Bruenjes L., Doucette, J. “Teaching a TED E-Book: The Upstream Doctors in a Global Public Health Course.” Northeast Popular Culture/AmericanCulture Association Annual Conference. Providence, Rhode Island. October 25, 2014.

Griffin, K., Hsu, L., Anderson, D., Tebbe-Grossman, J. (2013). Creation, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Faculty Training and Mentoring Program at a Health Sciences University Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Annual Meeting.

Griffin, K., Tebbe-Grossman, J., Gardner, M., Anderson, D., Tanner, D. (2013). Incorporation of a Multi-disciplinary, Team-based approach to Undergraduate Public Health Education Undergraduate Education for Public Health Summit, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Annual Meeting, November, 2013.

Tebbe-Grossman J. (2010). 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). Incorporating Patient and Health Practitioner Narratives in a Health Care History Course. Northeast Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Boston, Massachusetts.

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

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

Tebbe-Grossman, J., (2007). Popular Perceptions of the Pharmacist in the Medicare Drug Benefit Era. 37th /29th Annual Convention of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. Boston, Massachusetts.

Posters (Selected)

Doucette, J. McCord, S., Gardner, M. Tebbe-Grossman, J. “Portland, Maine in the 19th Century: Can concerns in Medicine Be Identified by Examining Pharmacy Prescriptions?” North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries Annual Conference. October, 2014.

Zeind CS, Machado MR, Tebbe-Grossman, J, Anderson, D. (2012). “Designing a Pharmacy Elective Course to Advance Student Learning in Global Public Health.” International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Centennial Congress of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



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

President’s Award, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA), 2013.

Grants Awarded (selected)

National Endowment for the Humanities, “Interpersonal Communication in the Health Professions: A Humanistic Approach.” Co-Recipient. Principal Investigators (PIs): Amy Lezberg and David Fedo. ($20,000). 1980

The Davis Foundation. Co-Recipient. (PI: David Tanner). “Work and American Culture,” and “Inter-Institutional American Studies Initiative.” ($29,500). 1999-2003.

MCPHS Mini-Grant Faculty Development Program. “The Drugstore as Place, 1920-1970.” $1,954. Principal Investigator. 2005.

Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities. Course Development Funding for “Disease and Society” Taught Spring Semester 2009. David Tanner (PI) Delia Anderson, Jennifer Tebbe- Grossman, Caroline Zeind. $3,000. 2007.

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

Professional Organization Offices Held (Selected)

Vice-President for Awards. Popular Culture/American Culture Association. 2012-July 2014.

Program Area Chair, Medical Humanities: Health and Disease in Culture Area. 2006-2012. Health and Disease in Culture Area. 2001-2005. Popular Culture/American Culture Association Annual Conferences.

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

President, Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association. 2013-1014.

Chair, Susan Koppelman Award for Best Edited Volume in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture Award Committee. Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. 2006-2014.

Member, James P. Hanlan Book Award Committee. New England Historical Association. 2009-1010. President, New England American Studies Association. 1983-1985.

University Service (selected)

Coordinator of Social Sciences. School of Arts and Sciences. 2003-2013.

Member, Master of Science in Public Health Advisory Committee, MCPHS Online, 2012- present.

Board Member, MCPHS University Center for Healthcare Humanities, 2014-present.

Advisor, American Studies Minor Concentration, 1985-present.

Chair, Promotion Review Committee. MCPHS, 2008, 2001, 1999, 1989.

Member, School of Pharmacy Curriculum Committee, 1999-2004.