Podcasts and Interviews
"An Eradication: Empire, Enslaved Children, and the Whitewashing of Vaccine History," Age of Revolutions (December 7, 2020)
“When Politics Go Viral: COVID-19 and Lessons from the Atlantic World,” The Panorama (April 24, 2020)
Invited Talks and Lectures
"The World’s First Vaccine: A History of Gender, Race, and Rights in the Americas” Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (August 11, 2020)
"Smallpox in Latin American and Caribbean History"
Public Lecture for the Collective for the History and Culture of the Region of the Americas (June 27, 2020)
Recommended reading and assignments can be found here
Ben Franklin's World
Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Episode 301: From Inoculation to Vaccination, Part 1
"An 1800s vaccine campaign in Mexico offers lessons in beating Covid" Mexico News Daily (February 16, 2021)
Event Description: As governments across the globe have begun vaccinating in response to the current pandemic, waves of vaccine hesitancy and refusal have emerged, generating difficult questions about the nature of medical consent, histories of violence and mistrust, and the interlocking politics surrounding race, gender, disability, nation, and class that shape patient interactions with state and health authorities. This event brings together five experts from different perspectives to discuss these issues and to consider how a feminist approach to vaccine hesitancy can help us envision a more enduring solution to this crisis of care.
Episode description: Researchers across the globe are busily working to manufacture a vaccine that will halt the devastating spread of the novel coronavirus. As case and mortality rates climb, a vaccine appears to many as the only way out of the pandemic. Yet vaccine development and distribution raise a number of ethical quandaries that cannot be separated from histories of medical violence and mistrust—issues that are compounded by staggering health disparities across communities of color, due to economic and discriminatory practices that disproportionately put them at risk.
This workshop brings together experts in history and bioethics to provide insight into these issues and to consider what opportunities vaccination might hold for restorative justice and more equitable forms of preventative care.