Melissa Graboyes, Clark Honors College
Melissa Graboyes is an expert in global pandemics, medical history, global health, history of science, and colonial and postcolonial African history. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of African and medical history. Melissa is currently based in Northern Italy with her family, where she is on research leave. They are currently on home lockdown along with the rest of the country. Since local transmission of COVID-19 began in Italy in late February, she has witnessed the devastation caused by the epidemic and the Italian government and citizens’ responses. She is currently participating in the country-wide restrictions prohibiting Italians from leaving their homes.
Melissa’s current book project is a history of malaria elimination attempts in Africa over the last century, which is funded by a 5-year US National Science Foundation grant. Her research has an East African regional emphasis and employs a variety of historical and anthropological methods. She has worked as a global health practitioner in the United States and Africa, and conducted research in East Africa for the past 18 years.
Melissa is the author of The Experiment Must Continue: Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940-2014 (Ohio University Press, 2015) which is being used by global health and development workers and taught with at multiple universities. She is a co-editor of Africa Every Day: Fun, Leisure, and Expressive Culture on the Continent (Ohio University Press, 2019).
She received her Ph.D. in History and a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis on medical ethics from Boston University.
On a balcony in Belluno, overlooking a pandemic (Around the O, April 16, 2020)
As long as you’re social distancing, you might as well do it right—Here’s how (Real Simple, March 17, 2020)
East vs. West: Coronavirus Fight Tests Divergent Strategies (The Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2020)
Inside Italy's coronavirus lockdown (The Oregonian, Beat Check Podcast, March 2020)
Three University of Oregon professors observing COVID-19 in Italy offer further advice to Oregonians on how to slow spread (Willamette Week, March 14, 2020)
AP Source: Oregon Governor Could Announce Virus Rules (Associated Press, March 11, 2020)