Kari Nixon is an assistant professor of English at Whitworth University. She teaches medical humanities, Victorian literature, and is forever interested in death, disease, risk, and why we fear them. Her academic book, ‘Kept From All Contagion’: Germ Theory, Disease, and the Dilemma of Human Contact, just came out from SUNY University Press, and tracks the social history of humankind’s responses to disease in Victorian popular culture. Her work on public health has been published for lay audiences in Huff Po, YES! Magazine, and CNN. When she’s not thinking about disease, she’s—just kidding, she’s always thinking about disease.