Ezelle Sanford III is currently an advanced doctoral student in the Department of History, Program in the History of Science, at Princeton University. He holds a Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship and a Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorary Fellowship concurrently for the 2018-2019 academic year. He specializes in the history of modern medicine and public health, African American history from emancipation to the present, and twentieth century United States history.
Working at the intersection of history, Black studies, and anthropology, Ezelle studies race, medicine, and public health from the 19th century to the present. His research focuses on African Americans and their interactions with, and shaping of, twentieth century medicine and healthcare. Specifically, Ezelle’s dissertation, “A Source of Pride, A Vision of Progress: The Homer G. Phillips Hospital of St. Louis, MO (1937-1979),” uses the Homer G. Phillips hospital of St. Louis, MO to evaluate and complicate the implementation, duration, and eradication of segregated healthcare in the United States. His research addresses key questions in the history of medicine including: What was graduate medical education like for African Americans in the age of segregation? How did African Americans influence, and respond to, the changing health landscape over the course of the twentieth century? Why didn’t Black hospitals survive the racial integration of United States healthcare?