Liana DeMarco

Graduate Student


History of Medicine


Liana DeMarco studies health, medicine, and environment in the Caribbean and the southern United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her dissertation research focuses on connections between Cuban and American health cultures during the nineteenth century, especially those involving medicine and slavery, health tourism, medical geography, and tropical medicine. Her research also explores the influence of European colonial medicine on medical practices, institutions, and ideologies in the American South, and how the postbellum South functioned as a testing ground for American colonial medicine and public health in the Caribbean and the Pacific. More generally, she is interested in environmental history, U.S. imperialism, global public health, capitalism and medicine, and the history of earth and environmental sciences, especially climatology, meteorology, and geology.

A native of Boxborough, Massachusetts, Liana graduated from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont in 2008 with a B.A. in history. She completed her M.A. in history at University of Massachusetts Boston in 2014, where she wrote her master’s thesis, “Saving the ‘original Paradise’: Health Tourism, Tropical Disease, and the Problem of Cuba in the American Imperial Imagination, 1848-98.” Between undergrad and grad, Liana worked for United States Senator Bernard Sanders (I-Vermont) and the Department of History at Harvard University.


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