Mexico Seminar: Beyond Covid Vaccines: Mexican Rural Health and Past Vaccination Campaigns


Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Speakers: Claudia Agostoni, Researcher, Institute for Historical Research, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Ana María Carrillo, Professor, School of Medicine, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Paola Sesia, Professor, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Pacífico Sur
Moderated by: Gabriela Soto Laveaga, Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Harvard University

Claudia Agostoni is a Reseacher at the UNAM Institute for Historical Research. Among many other works, she is the author of Médicos, campañas y vacunas. La viruela y la cultura de su prevención en México, 1870-1952 (2016); Las estadísticas de salud en México. Ideas, actores e instituciones, 1810-2010 (co-authored, 2010); Curar, sanar y educar. Salud, enfermedad y sociedad en México, siglos XIX-XX (edited, 2008); De normas y transgresiones. Enfermedad y crimen en América Latina (1850-1950) (co-edited, 2005); Monuments of Progress. Modernization and Public Health in Mexico City, 1876-1910 (2003); and Modernidad, tradición y alteridad. La ciudad de México en el cambio de siglo (XIX-XX) (co-edited, 2001). She has been recognized with the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Award from UNAM (2016), and the Award for Research in the Humanities from the Mexican Academy of Sciences (2005). She holds a Ph.D. in History from King's College London, University of London.

Ana María Carrillo is Professor in the Department of Public Health at the UNAM School of Medicine. Since 2015 she coordinates the Standing Seminar on History of Medicine and Public Health in Latin America. She has been a visiting professor at the National University of Colombia, and the universities of Toronto, Costa Rica, Salamanca, Antioquía, and Mar del Plata. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Francisco Javier Clavijero Award from INAH for the best doctoral dissertation in history. She holds Ph.D. and master’s degrees in History, and a B.A. in Sociology, from UNAM.

Paola Sesia is Professor at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social Pacífico Sur (Oaxaca). Her research focuses on medical anthropology; maternal, reproductive, and pediatric health; food security and nutrition; health and social policies; gender and social inequality; and children and indigenous rights. She has been a Visiting Researcher at the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program, University of Toronto Law School, and received the State of Oaxaca Award for Research in Health (2012). Among many other works, she is the author of Los derechos de la infancia y la adolescencia en Oaxaca (2013); and Monitoreos, diagnósticos y evaluaciones en salud materna y reproductiva: Nuevas experiencias de contraloría (co-edited, 2012). She holds a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona; and a master’s in Public Health and a B.A. in History, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gabriela Soto Laveaga is Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico at Harvard University. Her research and teaching interests include modern Latin America, the intersection of science and culture, public health, and scientific and medical exchange in the Global South. Her first book, Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects and the Making of the Pill, won the Robert K. Merton Best Book Prize in Science, Knowledge, and Technology Studies from the American Sociological Association. Her second monograph, Sanitizing Rebellion: Physician Strikes, Public Health and Repression in Twentieth Century Mexico, examines the role of healthcare providers as both critical actors in the formation of modern states and as social agitators. Her latest book project seeks to re-narrate histories of twentieth century agriculture development aid from the point of view of India and Mexico. She has held numerous grants, including those from the Ford, Mellon, Fulbright, DAAD, and Gerda Henkel Foundations. Most recently she was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, 2019-2020.