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Jesse Ballenger

Jesse F Ballenger


Associate Teaching Professor

Health Administration Department

267.359.5556 P
1601 Cherry Street, Room 765

Jesse F. Ballenger joined Drexel University in January 2014 as Associate Teaching Professor in Health Administration. He teaches courses in health care ethics, the history of health care, and health services for the elderly. He came to the field of bioethics from a background in the history of medicine and the interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology and Society. After working for more than a decade as a nursing assistant, he earned a B.A. in history from Kent State University, and an M.A. and PhD in history from Case Western Reserve University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. He has lectured widely and written extensively on the ethical and policy implications of dementia. He is author of Self, Senility and Alzheimer’s Disease in Modern America: A History (Johns Hopkins Press, 2006), and co-editor of Treating Dementia: Do We Have a Pill for It? (Johns Hopkins, 2009) and Concepts of Alzheimer Disease: Biological, Clinical and Cultural Perspectives (Johns Hopkins, 2000).


Bioethics, Gerontology, History of Medicine and Health Care, Medical Humanities

Research Interests:

Ballenger’s research interests include the ethical and policy implications of the history of medical, social and cultural responses to dementia and aging.