Kathryn Meyer Olivarius

Assistant Professor of History
Kathryn Meyer Olivarius
Born and raised in New York, Washington D.C., and London, I earned my BA in history (cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University in 2011. I received an MSt in US History (with distinction) in 2013 and my DPhil in History in 2017 from the University of Oxford. Before joining the Stanford faculty, I was a Past and Present postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London.

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May 8, 2020
Asked how she was fairing during the shelter in place, Stanford University historian Kathryn Olivarius reflected on being a researcher studying early American epidemics during the COVID-19 crisis. "I write about yellow fever by day and worry about COVID-19 at night," she said. Olivarius, an assistant professor of history, was working on her...
April 13, 2020
Late last month, a conservative website called The Federalist published an article advocating that healthy, young Americans deliberately infect themselves with Covid-19, as part of a national “controlled voluntary infection” strategy meant to build “herd immunity.” If enough Americans expose themselves to the virus and become immune, the theory...
March 25, 2020
Stanford historian Kathryn Olivarius discusses her research into antebellum New Orleans and how the yellow fever epidemic shaped the region economically and socially – at a devastating and deadly cost. The uncertainties and anxiety people feel today about the novel coronavirus are similar to the fears many Americans experienced during the yellow...