Dr. Paul Dutton

Paul V. Dutton is a historian of health and social policy whose current research and teaching focuses on the North Atlantic world.  Dr. Dutton earned his BA at the University of California, Santa Cruz, MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and PhD from the University of California, San Diego.  He joined the History Department in 1997 and directed the Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute from 2008 to 2015.  Dr. Dutton is presently Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Health Sciences.

Selected Article and Book Publications

  • Differential Diagnoses: A History of Healthcare Problems and Solutions in the United States and France, Cornell University Press, 2007.
  • Origins of the French Welfare State: The Struggle for Social Reform in France, 1914-1947, Cambridge University Press, 2002. 
  • “From Sanatoriums to Sun City: The Creation of ‘Active Retirement Living,’” Le Mouvement Social, forthcoming, spring 2017.
  • “Vers un nouveau paradigme de la santé et de la sécurité au travail, ” in La Santé au travail ou le travail en question, eds. Catherine Courtet and Michel Gollac, La Découverte, 2012.
  •  “La réforme de l’assurance maladie aux États-Unis et en France, 1993-2004,” Histoire et Sociétés, Revue Européenne d’HistoireSociale, no. 11 (July 2004) 49-65.
  • “La Médecine libérale rencontre le médecin syndicaliste,” Bulletin d’Histoire de la Sécurité Sociale,” 49 (January, 2004) 79-98
  • “Healthcare in France and the United States: Learning From Each Other,” Brookings Institution Policy Brief, August 2002.
  • “An Overlooked Source of Social Reform: Family Policy in French Agriculture, 1936-1945,” Journal of Modern History 72:2 (June 2000) 375-412.


Dr. Dutton’s teaching areas include the history of public health and comparative health systems as well as industrialization, urbanization, and the diverse political and social movements of Europe and the United States since 1900.