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In general, most of my work centers on larger philosophical, sociological, and historical questions around the nexus of knowledge-making and political institutions.  For this, I have a broad geographic and temporal interest: from anti-psychiatry during the Cold War, to disease entities in Georgian England to French bacteriology of the eighteenth century, as long as I can read source material, I am eager to pursue those research questions.

Nevertheless, despite this broader thematic interest, I most often find my home in the literature on science, technology, and medicine in Latin America.

 

Some of my current interests with respect to Latin American science, medicine and technology are as follows:

  • Race and Medicine
  • Professional Identity Formation
  • National vs. International Science and the question of "Science at the Periphery"
  • Folk Remedies vs. Biomedicine
  • Health and the Welfare State
  • Scientific Revolutions vs. Political Revolutions

My particular area of study is twentieth-century Mexico, particularly the immediate post-Revolutionary period and the Cárdenas administration.  I am fascinated by the interaction between growing state institutions and the practice of individual physicians.  How did the state enter the exam room?  And what role did medicine play in debates over what "the Mexican Revolution"--that multivalent, contested historical, yet present event--ultimately meant?

As a medical student myself, I am especially interested in how various state ideologies influenced the process of professionalization of Mexico's budding medical professionals.  President Cárdenas may have had a plan to "socialize the professions," but how did medical education and state programs affect the way that individual students experienced that strange metamorphosis which transformed them from Students to Professional?  These are questions that I hope to answer over the course of my dissertation project--if you'd like to learn more, read on!