Our editors explored the JSTOR corpus to identify articles relevant to the COVID-19 crisis, highlighting more than 6,000 articles from more than 500 journals and making them free for all to read through December 31, 2020. They can be searched and discovered on jstor.org and along with JSTOR’S open and freely available content.

The editors looked broadly through time periods and disciplines in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences because the effects of the pandemic reach far into our daily lives, from the money we spend to the food we eat.

Topics covered

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Selected highlights

Pandemic as “destroyer and teacher”

From epidemiologists to teachers, scholars illuminate past pandemics through history.

‘Destroyer and Teacher’: Managing the Masses During the 1918—1919 Influenza Pandemic
By: Nancy Tomes
Public Health Reports (1974-), Vol. 125, 2010, pp. 48–62

Hospital-Associated Outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus: A Serologic, Epidemiologic, and Clinical Description
By: Mohammad Mousa Al-Abdallat, et al.
Clinical Infectious Diseases
, Vol. 59, No. 9, 2014, pp. 1225–1233

Pandemics and the human

Scholarship can teach us about the societal, psychological, and health impacts of pandemics, and even show us where those impacts have seeped into pop culture.

H5N1 For Angry Birds: Plague Inc., Mobile Games, and the Biopolitics of Outbreak Narratives
By: Lorenzo Servitje
Science Fiction Studies, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2016, pp. 85–103

Stigma in the Time of Influenza: Social and Institutional Responses to Pandemic Emergencies
By: Ron Barrett and Peter J. Brown
The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 197, 2008, pp. s34–s37

Learning at a distance

As students at all levels enter an unprecedented school year, educators across the disciplines are keeping online classrooms vibrant.

Providing Online Course Opportunities for Learners Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Hearing
By: Samuel B. Slike., et al.
American Annals of the Deaf, Vol. 153, No. 3, 2008, pp. 304–308

Learners’ Feedback in Online Chats: What Does It Reveal about Students’ Learning?
By: Ana Oskoz
CALICO Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, 2009, pp. 48–68

Illness and culture

Through fields such as literature, art, and music scholars examine our perceptions of disease over the centuries.

The Spinet and the Coffin: Katherine Anne Porter and the Art of Music: Four Movements with Prelude and Coda
By: Thomas Austenfeld
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 62, No. 2, 2009, pp. 195–212

Pandemics and human rights

Scholars of law, social justice, and other disciplines have worked on means of reaching the vulnerable in equitable ways.

La Lutte Contre La Pandémie Grippale: Un Levier Contre L’exclusion
By: Jean Claude Ameisen
Esprit (1940-), No. 336 (7), 2007, pp. 78–95

Farewell to the God of Plague: Has International Law Prepared Us for the Next Pandemic?
By: Alexandra Phelan and Lawrence O. Gostin
Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2014, pp. 134–143.

On Wuhan

As geopolitics unfold, learn more about what issues guide scholars’ considerations of Wuhan and its culture.

The Wuhan Incident: Local Strife and Provincial Rebellion during the Cultural Revolution
By: Thomas W. Robinson
The China Quarterly
, No. 47, 1971, pp. 413–438

China’s New Economic Policies and the Local Industrial Political Process: The Case of Wuhan
By: Dorothy J. Solinger
Comparative Politics, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1986, pp. 379–399

Economic impacts

What have scholars, from economists to biologists, learned from past pandemics about their effects on the economy?

Closing Schools in Response to the 2009 Pandemic Influenza A H1N1 Virus in New York City: Economic Impact on Households
By: Rebekah H. Borse, et al.
Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 52, 2011, pp. S168–S172

Ebola, Poverty, Economic Inequity and Social Injustice in Sierra Leone
By: Tamba E. M’bayo
Journal of West African History, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2018, pp. 99–128