Julia Mansfield, Ph.D.
David H. Burton Postdoctoral Fellow
Julia Mansfield, Ph.D., is the David H. Burton Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at Saint Joseph’s University. She specializes in the history of infectious diseases and the political and social history of the United States in the Early Republic era.
- 2017 – Ph.D., Stanford University, History
- 2005 – Harvard College, Classical Archaeology
- 2017-2019 – Cassius M. Clay Postdoctoral Associate, History Department, Yale University
- Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians, 2018
- Scholars’ Workshop Invitee at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Summer 2018
- Dissertation Fellowship from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2014-2015
- Dissertation Fellowship from the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, 2013-2014
Dr. Mansfield’s research explores the political, economic, and social impact of yellow fever on the early United States. Between 1793 and 1805, the United States was rocked by recurring outbreaks of yellow fever in Atlantic port cities. These outbreaks exacerbated economic downturns, spurred states to reform public health laws, inspired U.S. Congress to develop a policy on quarantine, and obliged American merchants, consuls, and politicians to adapt international customs of disease control. Studying the wide-ranging effects of yellow fever brings into sharper relief the complexity of international commerce and of America’s federalist system in the early nineteenth century.