Former Councilor, Professional Division


College of New Jersey

Simon Finger teaches at The College of New Jersey, where he offers courses in early American history and the social history of medicine. Before that, he was a visiting assistant professor of history and humanities at Reed College. He completed his undergraduate study at Brandeis University and earned his PhD at Princeton University in 2008. He has received a number of grants and fellowships from institutions including the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, the American Philosophical Society, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. His publications include Contagious City: The Politics of Public Health in Early America (Cornell Univ. Press, 2012) as well as articles in Pennsylvania History and Early American Studies. With teaching experience at institutions ranging from private liberal arts colleges to large state universities, he hopes to serve in the Professional Division as an advocate for historians at all stages of their careers, and especially for the growing ranks of contingent faculty.