I am currently working on my dissertation project, which is allowing me to harmoniously fuse my various academic interests into a "conceptual and historical study of science." I am exploring the 1935 establishment of a Mexican medical education program known as the servicio medico-social (SMS). The SMS aimed to do several things: to inculcate a spirit of civic mindedness among young, urban clinical trainees, to increase the state's public health infrastructural footprint across rural Mexico, to eliminate so-called "backwardness" among Mexico's indigenous populations and to transform them into "modern," scientifically-literate consumers. Be sure to come back here often to read updates on my research!
Three of my fellow MSc students and I curated an exhibit at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science entitled, "For the love of it". The exhibit spotlighted the tools of everyday scientific endeavor, while also showcasing the objects of some historical amateur scientists. We collected stories from museum patrons about their experiences with science, both in school and out. To explore more, you can visit our blog.
I have a particular interest in the post-Revolutionary period in Mexico, and how the newly formed Mexican state worked to create a persuasive, legitimating nationalism to be digested by the pueblo. My article, Desempeñando el papel revolucionario: Nationalism and Culture in Mexico, 1920-1940, which explores the contours of this process, was published in the Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society in Spring 2014.