I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in Latin American history
My research and teaching interests are in the medical and environmental humanities, and the points in which they overlap within modern Latin America.
At present I have completed my first manuscript (under review): The Poisoned Eden: Global Disease, Local Environments, and Cultural Change in Northwestern Argentina, 1865-1916. It is a study of three cholera epidemics that erupted in the northwestern Argentine province of Tucumán during the closing half of the nineteenth century. I argue that cholera exposed long standing concerns tucumanos had of local environments as insalubrious and underdeveloped spaces that fed into topics such as state-formation, the economy, hydrological infrastructure, urban/rural relations, and food.
I have had work appear in The Journal of Latin American Studies and The Bulletin of Latin American Research.
I have begun researching and writing on two projects. The first is a study of the role and study of climate had in the development of Northern Patagonia from 1860 to 1920. The second is an examination of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Agricultural Programs in El Salvador in the 1950s.
Currently, I am working alongside my colleague Dr. Caryll Batt Dziedziak on the creation of a sequence of courses in the Medical Humanities.