Vice Dean & Professor, Arizona State University College of Health Solutions
Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH, is Vice Dean and Professor at the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University. Yudell is public health scientist whose work focuses on the history and ethics of public health and medicine, including projects on the history and ethics of genomics, the history of the race concept, and the history and ethics of autism research. He completed his PhD and MPH in Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Yudell is the author of several books, including most recently Race Unmasked: Biology and Race in the 20th Century (Columbia University Press, 2014), winner of the 2016 Arthur J. Viseltear Award from the American Public Health Association. Along with Dr. Samuel K. Roberts, Yudell edits the Columbia University Press Series Race, Inequality, and Health. This series combines work in history, the social sciences, the biological sciences, and public health to deepen our understanding of how ideological and scientific claims about race and race difference have impacted health and society historically and in the present day. He also conducts research on autism and ethics, including currently a National Science Foundation project examining the ethics of community-engaged autism research. With Dr. Emery Lucey, Yudell is writing A Way of Being Human, a history of autism spectrum disorders (Columbia University Press, forthcoming). On a lighter note, Yudell performs at the Crossroads Comedy Theater in the long-running show Study Hall.