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Amelia Buttress, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 705
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2014
MA, The European Graduate School, 2006


My work draws from the interdisciplinary disciplines of philosophy, media studies, and cultural theory to understand and address the social and structural context of health behavior, with particular emphasis on issues related to political economy, health disparities, and mental and behavioral health. In several current projects, I'm working to facilitate the translation of specialist knowledge to general audiences and have a longstanding interest in the general intellect and public education, especially creating awareness of the ecological context of public health and health promotion using new and digital media technology.

Honors and Awards

Gordis Teaching Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University

Diversity Innovation Grant, Johns Hopkins University

21st Century Cities Seed Grant, Johns Hopkins University

  • Urban health
  • public health history
  • mental health
  • ADHD
  • psychopharmacology
  • child psychiatry
  • social and structural influences on health
  • education
  • popular culture
  • qualitative methods
  • historical methods
  • oral history
  • U.S. social and cultural history
  • intellectual history of epidemiology
  • critical theory
  • digital humanities
  • uneven development
  • symbolic violence
  • Marxist analysis
  • intersectionality
  • global humanism
  • cosmopolitanism and public health