MSc 2002, History of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology
PhD 2010, History, McGill University
I obtained my Ph.D. in History from McGill University and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health before joining UNC. I am broadly interested in the history of medicine and science, sexual and reproductive health, and Latin America. I am committed to continue bringing non-U.S. voices and sources to bear on health and medical research in the U.S., to enrich and challenge the stories we tell about change and continuity in this country. By the same token, I am part of several networks of Latin American scholars endeavoring to place health and medicine at the forefront of public attention, especially as President of the Peruvian Society for History of Science, Technology and Health. I wrote A History of Family Planning in Twentieth Century Peru (UNC Press, 2014), and La Planificación Familiar en el Perú del Siglo XX (IEP and United Nations Fund for Population Activities, 2016). I also co-edited Peripheral Nerve: Health and Medicine in Cold War Latin America (Duke, 2020). Presently, I am writing a book about the history of cancer care in the Andean region.
I direct and teach the Social and Health Systems course for first year medical students at the UNC School of Medicine, and I am one of the faculty mentors in the MED-EXCEL program to further diversify the medical student body.