I am Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Iowa and Associate Professor Adjunct in the Section of the History of Medicine at Yale University. I am a historian of medicine and public health in the Caribbean and Latin America. My current research looks at medical understandings of fever in the French, British, Spanish, and U.S. Caribbean empires.


Recent publications:

“The Question of Racial Immunity to Yellow Fever in History and Historiography,” Social Science History, 38:4 (Fall/Winter 2014): 437-453. (Published online June 17, 2015.) Electronic copy of the journal available here.

“Los orígenes caribeños del Sistema Nacional de Salud Pública en los Estados Unidos. Una aproximación global a la historia de la medicina y de la salud pública en Latinoamérica [The Caribbean origins of the National Public Health System in the USA: a global approach to the history of medicine and public health in Latin America]”, História, ciências, saúde-Manguinhos 22:1 (jan./mar. 2015): 241-53. PubMed PMID: 25742109.

“Globalizing the History of Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in Latin America,” Isis, 104:4 (December 2013); 798-806. PubMed PMID 24783496.


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Cuba; disease, public health, and empire; the history of medicine and public health in Latin America; disease in the Caribbean; global history of Latin American science and medicine; and readings on disease in the Caribbean. Information about courses can be found in MyUI. Current students can access the course website on ICON.