Faculty Research

Recently I’ve studied the social history of medicine in Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico. One research project focused upon the healer Miguel Perdomo Neira and how his method of healing could be located within the introduction of scientific medicine into the region in the mid-nineteenth century. My just completed project focuses upon the development of public health agencies in Yucatán, Mexico, between 1870 and 1960. This project links the state of Yucatán with the federal government in Mexico City, various agencies in the United States, and the broad Atlantic medical community. It also investigates how public health became a vehicle of penetrating the interior of Yucatán, bringing Maya peoples into a more intimate relationship with the dominant white society.


  • Medicine on the Periphery: Public Health in Yucatán, Mexico, 1870-1960 (New York: Lexington Books, 2015).
  • The Tale of Healer Miguel Perdomo Neira: Healing, Ideologies, and Power in the Nineteenth-Century Andes (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2001).
  • Contact, Conquest, and Consequences: A Lecture Series in Commemoration of the Quincentennial of 1492 (Huntingdon, PA: Juniata College, 1993).
  • The Early Colombian Labor Movement: Artisans and Politics in Bogota, 1832-1919 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1992).

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Bogota,” In Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies, ed. Ben Vinson (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
  •  “Population Growth in Late Nineteenth Century Bogotá: Insights on a Demographic Dilemma,” Journal of Urban History, 38:4 (July 2012), 720-30.
  • “Multiple Colonizations: State Formation, Public Health and the Yucatec Maya, 1891-1960,” in Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines in Transnational Perspective, eds. Anne Digby, Waltraud Ernst, and Projit B. Muchkarji (Cambridge UK: Cambridge Scholars Inc., 2010), 77-97.
  • “Race and the Authorization of Biomedicine in Yucatán, Mexico,” in Health and Medicine in the Circum-Caribbean, 1800-1968, ed. by Juanita De Barros, Steven Palmer, and David Wright (New York: Routledge Press, 2009), 76-97.
  • "Contending Medical Ideologies and State Formation: The Nineteenth-Century Origins of Medical Pluralism in Contemporary Colombia," Bulletin of the History of Medicine 77 (Winter 2003): 900-26.
  • "Andanzas de un curandero en Colombia durante la segunda mitad del siglo XIX," Entre curanderos y medicos. Cultura y enfermedad en America Latina moderna, ed. by Diego Armus (Buenos Aires: Grupo Editorial Norma, 2002), 71-103.
  • "La lucha politica-laboral: Artesanos, industriales y obreros en Bogota, 1904-1919," trans. by Isidro Vanegas, forthcoming in a book on socialism and the labor movement in early twentieth century Colombia.
  • "Recent Perspectives on the Latin American City," Journal of Urban History, 24/6 (September 1998): 764-767.
  • "The 1893 bogotazo: Artisans and Public Violence in Late Nineteenth Century Bogota," Journal of Latin American Studies, 21 (May 1989): 267-82. Reprinted in translation in Revuelta en las ciudades: Politicas populares en America Latina (Mexico City: Biblioteca de signos, 2004), 167-88. Reprinted in Riots in the Cities: Popular Politics and the Urban Poor in Latin America, 1765-1910, ed. by Sylvia Marina Arrom and Servando Ortoll with a conclusion by Charles Tilly (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1996), 137-54.