Elliott Bowen is an historian of medicine and public health. He received his PhD from Binghamton University in 2013. Professor Bowen’s research interests sit at the intersection of medicine and sexuality; his current book project examines the central Arkansas city of Hot Springs – known in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the “Mecca of the American Syphilitic” on account of the thousands of men and women who yearly traveled there in order to be treated for venereal infections. This work has been supported by fellowships from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (2012) and Binghamton University’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2012).
Before coming to Nazarbayev in August, 2016, Elliott taught courses in world history at Le Moyne College (2014-15) in Syracuse, New York. In addition to STDs, his teaching interests include the history of women, gender, and sexuality, medicine and empire, bioethics, and the modern United States. While at Nazarbayev, Elliott will teach courses on each of these subjects, and is looking forward to incorporating the Central Asian region into both his coursework and future research projects.