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Jesse Ballenger, PhD

Associate Teaching Professor of Health Administration
Department of History
Center for Science, Technology and Society


  • PhD, History, Case Western Reserve University, 2000
  • MA, History, Case Western Reserve University, 1994
  • BA, History, Kent State University, 1989

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Healthcare, Medicine and Ethics
  • Aging and Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Science and Technology Studies

Selected Publications:


  • Volume co-editor, with Peter J. Whitehouse, et al. Treating Dementia: Do We Have a Pill for It? Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
  • Self, Senility and Alzheimer’s Disease in Modern America: A History. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
  • Volume co-editor, with Peter J. Whitehouse and Konrad Maurer. Concepts of Alzheimer Disease: Biological, Clinical and Cultural Perspectives. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.


  • “The Evolving Classification of Dementia: Placing the DSM-V in a Meaningful Historical and Cultural Context and Pondering the Future of “Alzheimer's.” Co-author with Daniel George and Peter Whitehouse, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 35(3): 417-435, 2011.
  • “Progress in the History of Alzheimer’s Disease: The Importance of Context.”  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 9(3 Suppl):5-13, 2006.
  • “Beyond ‘Progress’ in the History of Alzheimer Disease.” Co-author with Peter J. Whitehouse and James Lindemann Nelson. [Editorial] Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders, 13: 130-31, 1999.