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Gabriela Soto Laveaga

Current Courses

Spring 2014 (current)

  • 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

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:
Fax: (805) 893-8795


My interests are history of science, knowledge production, and public health in Latin America. I am currently working on two new projects. One examines public health and social movements in 1960s Mexico City and the other looks at poverty and rural health programs in the 1980s.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Modern Latin America; intersection of science and culture; public health; nationalism; emerging citizenships

Current Projects

  • Sanitizing Revolt: Physicians Strikes and Public Health in Mexico, 1930s-1960s
  • Rural Health Care and Politics in 1970s Mexico
  • Technological Innovation and Hospitals in Modern Latin America

Selected Publications

  • Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects, and the Making of Global Steroids (Duke University Press, 2009)
    Winner of the 2010 Robert K. Merton Best Book Award
  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela and Claudia Agostoni. “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” in 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

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 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