Mariola Espinosa PhD

Associate Professor (Adjunct) in the History of Medicine


Research Summary

Mariola Espinosa’s primary research interest is the role of disease and public health in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Specifically, she concentrates on how diseases and responses to them shape relations of power between the peoples of the region and other actors in the international system. Her book, Epidemic Invasions: Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930, focuses on the many ways that endemic yellow fever in Havana influenced Cubans' relationships with the United States during the latter decades of the nineteenth century and early decades of the twentieth. She is currently working on new research that broadens the study of the effects of disease on empire to other Caribbean contexts.


Selected Publications

  • “The Question of Racial Immunity to Yellow Fever in History and Historiography,” forthcoming in Social Science History, 38:4 (Forthcoming).
  • ““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”, forthcoming in História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos (Forthcoming 2014).
  • Globalizing the History of Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in Latin America,” Isis, 104:4 (December 2013-print publication released February 2014); 798-806.
  • Epidemic Invasions: Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009. Project awarded the 2007 Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award by the American Association for the History of Medicine.
  • “A Fever For Empire: U.S. Disease Eradication in Cuba As Colonial Public Health,” in Alfred W. McCoy and Francisco Scarano, ed., Colonial Crucible: Empire in the Making of the Modern U.S. State, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.
  • “The Invincible Generals: Disease and the Fight for Empire in Cuba, 1868 to 1898,” in Poonam Bala, ed., Biomedicine as a Contested Site: Some Revelations in Imperial Context, Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield (Lexington Books), 2009.
  • “The Threat from Havana: Southern Public Health, Yellow Fever, and U.S. Intervention in the Cuban Struggle for Independence, 1878-1898” Journal of Southern History 72:3 (2006); 541-568

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