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History of Science, Medicine and Technology
M.A. UCSB, M.A.T. Univeristy of San Diego, B.A. UCLA
Advisor: Gabriela Soto Laveaga
I am deeply interested in the outcomes of interactions between science and society. My dissertation examines the development of a 'modern programme of public health' in Jamaica from 1918 to 1944 and its connections to the nationalist movement which gained strength in the late 1930s. In particular, I am interested in how middle-class and elite reformers and medical authorities constructed the Afro-Jamaican poor as a population that was diseased and uncontrolled in their sexual and reproductive behaviors, and therefore unfit for self-governance.