In this essay, Alicia Gutierrez-Romine describes how she connected her interest in science and medicine to California history in her “Disease in History” course. She describes the course, how she developed the syllabus, and the ways her students responded. While difficult in some respects, she explains that the course worked well post-COVID. She ends by encouraging historians to think of diseases as historical actors and agents of change.

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