Ezelle Sanford III

Postdoctoral Fellow
Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery Project Manager

B.A. Washington University in St. Louis; M.A. Princeton University; Ph.D. Princeton University

Ezelle Sanford III is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program on Race, Science, and Society in the Center for Africana Studies at The University of Pennsylvania. There, he researches the history and legacy of enslavement and its relationship to the institutional development of the Perelman School of Medicine, medical education, and the production of medical knowledge and practice.  Ezelle earned his Ph.D. in History and History of Science from Princeton University in 2019.  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. In addition to his fellowship duties, he continues to work on the history and legacy of racial segregation in American medicine. He is beginning work on his book project, Segregated Medicine, an outgrowth of his dissertation research on St. Louis’s Homer G. Phillips Hospital—the nation’s largest segregated hospital which operated from 1937-1979.  His work has been supported with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Washington University in St. Louis, and Princeton University.

Office Location: 
204 Anatomy Chemistry Building
Research Interests: 

History of Modern Medicine and Public Health, History of Science, African American History, Urban History, U.s. History