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Current Courses

Spring 2009 (tentative)

  • History 201WD
    Advanced Historical Literature: World
  • History 253A
    Special Seminar in Latin American History

Fall 2009 (tentative)

Spring 2010 (tentative)

  • History 102SL
    Special Topics- Modern Latin America
  • History 250C
    Foundations of Latin American History: Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries

Fall 2010 (tentative)

Winter 2011 (tentative)

Winter 2012 (tentative)

Spring 2012 (tentative)

Fall 2012 (tentative)

Winter 2013 (tentative)

Fall 2013 (tentative)

Winter 2014 (tentative)

  • History 20
    Science, Technology, and Medicine in Modern Society
  • History 201LA
    Advanced Historical Literature: Latin America

Spring 2014 (tentative)

  • History 110PP
    Proseminar on History of Medicine and Public Health

Fall 2014 (tentative)

  • History 201HS
    Advanced Historical Literature: History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • History 8
    Introduction to History of Latin America

Winter 2015 (tentative)

Department Fields


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Current Graduate Students

Latin America, History of Medicine, Science

Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California San Diego, 2001

Office: HSSB 4234
Hours: On Leave 2015-2016
Fax: (805) 893-8795

My interests are history of science, knowledge production, circulation of knowledge, history of medicine and public health. I am currently finishing a book project which examines public health and social movements in 1960s Mexico City. My next research project examines the scientific connections between Mexico and India in the mid-twentieth century.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Modern Latin America; intersection of science and culture; public health; scientific and medical exchange in the Global South

Current Projects

  • Sanitizing Revolt: Physicians Strikes and Public Health in Mexico, 1930s-1960s
  • Rural Health Care and Politics in 1970s Mexico
  • Mexican Wheat in India, Scientific Exchange Between Mexico and India, 1962-2000

Selected Publications

  • Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects, and the Making of The Pill (Duke University Press, 2009)
    Winner of the 2010 Robert K. Merton Best Book Award in Science, Knowledge and Technology from the American Sociological Association
  • “Science and Public Health in the Century of Revolution,” in Beezley, William. A Companion to Mexican History and Culture. John Wiley & Sons, 2011: 561-574.
  • “Médicos, Hospitales y Servicios de Inteligencia” in Salud Colectiva. Buenos Aires: Instituto de Salud Colectiva, 7(1), Enero-Abril, 2011: 87-97.
  • "Searching for Molecules, Finding Rebellion: Echeverría's 'Arriba y Adelante' Populism in Southeastern Mexico” Populism in twentieth century Mexico : the presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría, edited by Amelia Kiddle and Maria Muñoz.
  • "Let’s Become Fewer”: Soap Operas, The Pill and Population Campaigns, 1976-1986
    Sexuality Research and Social Policy Journal. September 2007, vol. 4, no. 3., 19-33.
  • Fabriquer la connaisance et refabriquer la citoyenneté du “campesino,” dans le Mexique Rural
    in Des Sciences Citoyennes? La Question de l’amateur dans les sciences naturalistes. Florian Charvolin and André Micoud and Lynn Nyhart (eds.) France:L’Aube, 2007, 233-249.
  • Uncommon Trajectories: Steroid Hormones, Mexican Peasants, and the Search for a Wild Yam
    Uncommon Trajectories: Steroid Hormones, Mexican Peasants, and the Search for a Wild Yam,” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Cambridge. Volume 36, Issue 4 , December 2005: 743-760
  • The Social Relations of Mexican Commodities: Power, Production, and Place
    Casey Walsh, Elizabeth Ferry, Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Paola Sessia, and Sarah Hill, (contributors) La Jolla, Center for U.S. Mexican Press, 2003
  • Steroid Hormones and Social Relations in Oaxaca
    in The Social Relations of Mexican Commodities. La Jolla: Center for U.S. Mexican Press, 2003: 55-79
  • En busca de la Medicina Moderna en la Herbolaria Pre-Hispánica: El caso de México 1974 -1976 [In search of modern medicine in pre-hispanic medicine)
    Revista Horizontes, Universidade de San Francisco, São Paulo, Brazil. vol 21. Jan- Dec. 2003.

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

  • History of Modern Mexico
  • Race, Disease, and Empires
  • Modern Latin America
  • Latin American Revolutions
  • History of Public Health
  • Foundations in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Honors and Professional Activities

  • 2010 Robert K. Merton Best Book Award
    given each year by the Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT) section of the American Sociological Association for the best recent book published in science and technology studies
  • LASA Health, Science and Society Section Best Article Prize, 2007
    for "Uncommon Trajectories: Steroid Hormones, Mexican Peasants, and the Search for a Wild Yam,”

Select Fellowships and Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation small grant, 2010
  • Fellow at Center for U.S.-Mexican-Studies, 2008-2009
  • UC-Mexus Faculty Grant, 2008
  • Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2007
    at the Department of History of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2003
    at the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at UC, San Francisco
  • Fulbright- Garcia Robles
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Grant
  • Faculty Career Development Grant