Part-Time Professor

(current) PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa
2010 - MA, History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies Specialization), University of Ottawa
1992 - MA, International Affairs, Carleton University
1990 - BA, History and Politics (Honours), Trent University

Room: Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Avenue East

Work E-mail: ljone5@uOttawa.ca

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Biographic Profile

Lori Jones is a completing her doctoral studies in medieval and early modern medical history at the University of Ottawa. Her research, funded by SSHRC, OGS, and the Medieval Academy of America, focuses on the ways that medical treatises document how encounters with almost four centuries of recurrent plague outbreaks influenced contemporary understanding about the geographic places that generated disease, the historical links between epidemics, and the shifting boundaries between diseased and non-diseased places and times. This interdisciplinary research draws upon a wide set of historiographical traditions, including the cultural history of medicine, medieval and early modern geographical and historical thought, art history, and the history and geography of manuscripts and books. Ms. Jones spent three months in the UK in the summer of 2015 consulting, photographing, and partially transcribing more than one hundred 14th-17th century English, French, and Latin manuscript treatises and about as many early modern printed works located at twenty-three libraries in eight cities.


Ms. Jones is also involved in an international project that identifies, tracks, and attempts to mitigate the misuse of digitized medieval medical images. Focusing on the plague, this project seeks to raise awareness about the unintended consequences of mislabelling and misrepresenting infectious diseases in the past and to demonstrate how the ‘viral’ spread of misinformation creates a distorted view of the past.


She has taught the introduction to medieval history course and now teaches a seminar course on the cultural history of disease that covers all time periods and geographic areas. The course relies heavily on primary sources, including medical objects and images.


Prior to returning to university to get her history degrees, Ms. Jones worked for more than twenty years in international health and development. She has worked and consulted for a number of governmental, nongovernmental, academic, and international organizations. She travelled extensively and her work focused on critical issues such as HIV/AIDS, tobacco control, tropical diseases, liveable cities, and health systems strengthening. She still occasionally consults in those fields. 


Selected Publications

  • Jones, Lori. "Review of 'Urban Bodies: Communal Health in Late Medieval English Towns and Cities.’” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History
 32, no. 2 (2015).
  • Jones, Lori. "Review of 'Expelling the Plague: The Health Office and the Implementation of Quarantine in Dubrovnik, 1377–1533.'" Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences first published online September 7, 2015. doi:10.1093/jhmas/jrv025
  • Jones, Lori. “Getting the Words Out (and Back In): What to do When a Plague Image is Not an Image of Plague.” Blog post on Global Medieval Studies: The ARC-Medieval Blog. 1 March 2015. http://arc-medieval.blogspot.ca/2015_03_01_archive.html
  • Green, Monica H, Lori Jones, Lester K Little, Uli Schamiloglu, George D Sussman. "Yersinia pestis and the Three Plague Pandemics." Lancet Infectious Diseases 14, no. 10 (October 2014): 918.
  • Jones, Lori. "Review of 'Experiences of Poverty in Late Medieval and Early Modern England and France.'" Histoire sociale / Social History XLVI, no. 92 (November 2013): 589-591.
  • Wijeyaratne PM, Jones LK, Murphy, CJ. “Endemic Disease and Development: The Leishmaniases.” Acta Tropica 56 (1994): 349-364.




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