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David M. Perry, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of History at Dominican University
Pro to the question "Should Any Vaccines Be Required for Children?"

“Anti-vaccinators risk not only the lives of their own children, but also those of others who are too medically fragile to get vaccinated and must instead rely on ‘herd immunity.’ Many medical conditions, especially those which compromise the immune system (which is fairly common in the world of Down syndrome), make vaccines medically inappropriate. Happily, in a population of vaccinated people, infectious but preventable diseases have trouble spreading even to the immunocompromised. But herd immunity breaks down when vaccinations are not administered to all who can medically receive them. At that point, people who chose to refuse vaccinations endanger those who had no choice.

It’s happening right now, as diseases long rendered unthreatening are roaring back into dangerous life. We’ve seen a rapid increase of outbreaks in preventable diseases, such as pertussis (whooping cough), measles, and mumps in the U.S. and the U.K. Whooping cough, for example, hit its highest rate of infection in 50 years over the last winter in the United States. A website [website not named in article] dedicated to tracking the illnesses and deaths associated with the anti-vaccine movement cites over 100,000 illnesses and over 1,000 deaths from these preventable diseases.”

“Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public-Health Industrial Complex,”, July 11, 2013

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Dominican University, 2012-present
  • Director, Catholic Studies Minor, Dominican University
  • Chair, Faculty Development Committee, Dominican University, 2013-present
  • Member, Honors Committee, Dominican University, 2009-present
  • Member, Faculty Development Committee, Dominican University, 2009-2013
  • Assistant Professor, Dominican University, 2006-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Macalester College, 2005-2006
  • Adjunct Instructor, St. Olaf College, 2004-2006
  • Instructor, University of Minnesota, 2002-2004
  • PhD, History, University of Minnesota, 2006
  • MA, History, University of Minnesota, 1999
  • BA, honors, History, Wesleyan University, 1995
  • Has had articles appear in BLOOM Magazine,,, Chronicle of Higher Education,, among others.
  • Twitter handle is @Lollardfish
  • On his Dominican University biography, he states, “I’m married and have two kids who take up most of my free time. My other interests include acoustic guitar and bass, songwriting (Bluegrass, Irish, Americana), gardening, Venetian cuisine, and the Red Sox.”
  • Member, American Historical Association; Illinois Medieval Association; Medieval Academy of America; Midwest Medieval History Association; Phi Alpha Theta; and Society for the Study of the Crusades and Latin East