Faculty & Staff

Karen Ross

Karen Ross, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Troy University
Troy, Alabama 36082
Patterson Hall 226
Telephone: 1-334-670-3461


B.A. University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Areas of Expertise:

Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century American History; History of Disease/Medicine/Science; Gender and Medicine


Karen D. Ross is an associate professor in the Division of History and Philosophy at Troy University. In 2006 she received her PhD from the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Ross has her bachelor's from the University of Texas in history and biochemistry. Her research centers on the development of medical research in the United States in the early twentieth century, particularly at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, and the laboratory as a center of knowledge production. Currently, Dr. Ross is working on a book that analyzes how medical scientists in the United States responded to antivivisection campaigns in the 1920s and '30s.

Courses Taught at TROY:

HIS 1111 & 1112 U.S. History
HIS 1113 & 1114 Honors U.S. History
HIS 1122 & 1123 World History
HIS 3365 Bioethics in Historical Context
HIS 3375 Research and Methodology
HIS 4409/6679 Infectious Disease in History
HIS 4410/5510 Women, Health, and History
HIS 4414/5514 Gilded Age and Progressive Era
HIS 4495/5595 Special Topics – The Great Depression
IDS 2200 Body Clocks: How Nature Tells Time (interdisciplinary sophomore seminar)