Mariola Espinosa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, History

Dr. Mariola Espinosa is a historian of medicine and public health in the Caribbean. Her 2009 book, Epidemic Invasions: Yellow Fever and the Limits of Cuban Independence, 1878-1930,  was awarded the 2007 Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award of the American Association for the History of Medicine.  In 2010 she was recognized as the 2010 Virginia and Derrick Sherman Emerging Scholar.  She is currently working on a book project that looks into medical understandings of fever in the British, French, Spanish, and U.S. Caribbean empires.

  • “New Directions in the History of Cuban Medicine and Public Health: Introduction to the Dossier”
  • “The Question of Racial Immunity to Yellow Fever in History and Historiography”
  • "The Caribbean origins of the National Public Health System in the USA: a global approach to the history of medicine and public health in Latin America"
  • "Globalizing the History of Disease, Medicine, and Public Health in Latin America"
photo of Mariola Espinosa in front of book shelves
Contact Information

280 Schaeffer Hall (SH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States