Johanna Folland

Visiting Fellow

German Historical Institute Washington
1607 New Hampshire Ave NW | Washington DC 20009

Biographical Summary

Johanna Folland is a historian of socialist health systems and the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, with special focus on the Cold War politics of AIDS in East Germany. She completed her PhD at the University of Michigan in 2019 and was the 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies. Her doctoral dissertation, "Globalizing Socialist Health: Africa, East Germany, and the AIDS Crisis," examines East Germany's shift toward more restrictive HIV-related immigration policies in the late 1980s by tracing tensions between evolving practices of socialist internationalism and the (largely Western-led) drive to consolidate a global response to AIDS. Her research has been supported by the DAAD, the GHI, the Central European History Society, and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies.

Main Areas of Interest

  • Health and medicine in state-socialist contexts
  • Race and sexuality
  • The HIV/AIDS epidemic and AIDS activism
  • Health and the Cold War
  • Globalization and global health