Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2163: Pandemic Politics: Studying the Social and Political Context of COVID-19

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.


  • And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic,’ by Randy Shilts
  • ‘The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World,’ by Steven Johnson
  • ‘The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus,’ by Richard Preston
  • ‘Flu: The Story Of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused It,’ by Gina Kolata
  • ‘Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82,’ by Elizabeth A. Fenn
  • The Coming Plague - Laurie Garret
  • Articles (for example):
  • Kamradt-Scott, Adam, and Colin McInnes. "The securitisation of pandemic influenza: framing, security and public policy." Global Public Health 7, no. sup2 (2012): S95-S110.
  • Adolph, Christopher, Kenya Amano, Bree Bang-Jensen, Nancy Fullman, and John Wilkerson. "Pandemic politics: Timing state-level social distancing responses to COVID-19." medRxiv (2020