Melissa Graboyes, Department of History

Melissa Graboyes

Associate Professor
Director, African Studies
Practice Areas: Infectious and Epidemic Diseases, Medical History, Global Health, History of Science, Colonial and Postcolonial African History

Faculty bio | Research website 

Melissa Graboyes is an expert in global pandemics, medical history, global health, history of science, and colonial and postcolonial African history. 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," 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."

Recent Media:
Opinion: Gaps in COVID-19 testing guidance misses cases in communities of color (The Oregonian, Sept. 27, 2020) 
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)