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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Michael Willrich

Michael WillrichMichael Willrich is the Leff Families Professor of History at Brandeis University. His first book, City of Courts: Socializing Justice in Progressive Era Chicago (2003), won the American Historical Association's John H. Dunning Prize and the American Society for Legal History's Cromwell Book Prize. Most recently, he is the author of Pox: An American History (2011) which tells the story of the great wave of smallpox epidemics that struck the United States around the turn of the twentieth century, spurring the growth of modern public health authority and engendering widespread opposition to the government policy of compulsory vaccination. This book won the OAH Lawrence W. Levine Prize Award and the American Association for the History of Medicine's William H. Welch Medal. With the support of Guggenheim and American Council of Learned Society fellowships, he is currently working on a book, "The Anarchist's Advocate," about anarchists' encounters with law and the state in early twentieth-century America.