Nicholas Bonneau Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health, Spring 2024

Visiting Scholar in History, Public Health, and STS (Science, Technology, and Society)




Upcoming Book

  • “The Sainted Dead: A Biography of Philadelphia’s First Baptist Church Cemetery, 1722-1860 and 2016-2023 (Under contract with Rutgers University Press, Publication Winter 2024/25)


  • “Cholera,” Co-authored with Christopher Hamlin, Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Science, Medicine, and Technology, eds. Hugh Richard Slotten and Charles Rosenberg (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).


  • Unspeakable Loss: New England's Invisible Throat Distemper Epidemics (Under exclusive review, expected publication, December 2022)

  • Ruffians, Rowdies, and the Sainted Dead: A Biography of the First Baptist Church Cemetery, 1722-1859 (In process with Arch Street Project and College of Physicians of Philadelphia, April 2023)

Conference Presentations

  • “A repression of things past: reflections on the memory of pandemics in the wake of covid”, March 16, 2023

  • “The Stones Cannot Shout: Church Records and the Identification of the Dead in Philadelphia’s Hidden First Baptist Cemetery, 1722 - 1859”, American Society of Church History, January 2023

  • "Attention is Short, Art is Long: Teaching the History of Early America to Pre-Med Undergraduates" American Studies Association Meeting 2022, Early Americas Caucus, November 2022

  • “Spit Spreads Death: Finding Stories in Death Data” American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2019

  • “Historical Epidemiology and Big Data in the Arch Street Project” (invited panel: “Bones and Burials in Philadelphia: Unmarked Cemeteries & the Arch St Project”) Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, April 2018

  • Co-founded panel, “A Digital Revolution: Big Data Analysis of Eighteenth-Century America” and presented “Founding Fathers, Fallen Children: Uncovering the Consequences of North America’s Invisible Eighteenth Century Throat Distemper Epidemics.” 2017 Omohundro Institute Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June 2017

  • Co-founded panel, “New Methods in the History of Medicine: Advancing Digital Humanities towards a Computational Framework," and presented, “The Hidden Healers: Professional Networks and Intellectual Genealogies of Non-Academic Medical Practitioners in Early America,” American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, April 2017

  • “Unspeakable Loss: North America’s Invisible Throat Distemper Epidemic of 1735 – 1765” American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, April, 2016

  • “Blue Death on the Devil’s Backbone: Fear, Control, and Cholera in 1833 Adams County, Mississippi,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January, 2014

  • “Mapping Mortality in the Atlantic World: Integrating Historical and Epidemiological Methodologies in Assessing Epidemics of the North American Atlantic World,” Paper presented at the University of Michigan “Mapping the Atlantic: Digital Humanities and Atlantic Studies” Conference, University of Michigan, March, 2012.