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Mariola Espinosa, PhD

Academic Affiliate

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.

Research Interests

History of Medicine; Latin America; Global Health; Caribbean Region

Selected Publications

  • “The Question of Racial Immunity to Yellow Fever in History and Historiography"Social Science History, 38:4 (Fall/Winter 2014): 437-453 (In Print June 17, 2015)).
  • New Directions in the History of Cuban Medicine and Public Health: Introduction to the DossierCuban Studies, 45 (February 2017): 275-279.