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Portrait of Copernicus
Department of the History of Science
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Pablo F. Gómez

Title: Assistant Professor

Interests: History of Medicine and Science in the Atlantic World; History of
 Medicine and Science in Latin America; History of Medicine and Science
 and the African Diaspora; Early modern corporeal epistemologies; Race
 and medicine.
Phone:(608) 262-3414
Fax:(608) 265-0486

Office:Room 1440, Medical Sciences Center


Pablo Gómez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work examines the history of medicine and corporeality in the early modern African and Iberian Atlantic worlds. Dr. Gómez’s current book project explores belief making and the creation of evidence around the human body and the natural world in the early modern Caribbean. He holds an MA and PhD in History from Vanderbilt University. Before becoming an historian, Dr. Gómez earned his MD at the Universidad CES and did his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Pablo has been the recipient of an ACLS-Early Career Fellowship, spent at Brown University, an ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, a John Carter Brown Library Paul W. McQuillen Fellowship, and two Major Project Grants from the British Library. His most recent article, entitled “The Circulation of Bodily Knowledge in the Seventeenth-century Black Spanish Caribbean,” was published in the August 2013 issue of the Social History of Medicine. He has also published several articles and chapters in journals and edited volumes in the US and Germany.

Curriculum Vitae

Pablo F. Gómez's C.V.


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, History of Medicine, Latin American History, 2010

M.A., Vanderbilt University, History, 2007

Orthopaedic Surgeon, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Surgery, 2002

M.D., CES University, Medellín, Colombia, Medicine, 1994


Pablo F. Gómez, "Incommensurable Epistemologies? The Atlantic Geography of Healing in the Early Modern Black Spanish Caribbean," Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism 44 (2014), 95-107.

Pablo F. Gómez, "The Circulation of Bodily Knowledge in the Seventeenth-century Black Spanish Caribbean," Social History of Medicine 26:3 (2013), 383-402. Awarded the 2014 Andres Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Biannual Best Article Prize by the Association of Caribbean Historians.

Pablo F. Gómez, "La Colección Manuel Zapata Olivella," Revista de Estudios Colombianos 37-38 (2011), 117-120.

Pablo F. Gómez and Jose A Morcuende, "A Historical and Economic Perspective on Sir John Charnley, Chas F. Thackray Limited, and the Early Arthroplasty Industry," Iowa Orthopaedic Journal 25 (2005), 30-37.

Pablo F. Gómez and Jose A Morcuende, "Early Attempts at Hip Arthroplasty: 1700s to 1950s," Iowa Orthopaedic Journal 25 (2005), 25-29.

Book Sections

"The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History" book cover image "African-American Healing" section in Joseph C. Miller, ed., The Princeton Companion to Atlantic History (Princeton University Press, forthcoming December 2014).

"Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic" book cover image "Transatlantic Meanings: African Rituals and Material Culture from the Early-Modern Spanish Caribbean" section in Akinwumi Ogundiran and Paula Saunders, eds., Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic (Indiana University Press, 2014).

"Differenz und Herrschaft in den Amerikas: Repräsentationen des Anderen in Geschichte und Gegenwart" book cover image "Körper der Begegnung: Gesundheit, Tod un Heilung Im Frühneuzeitlichen Cartagena de Indias" section in Anne Ebert, Maria Lidola, Karoline Bahrs, and Karoline Noack, eds., Differenz und Herrschaft in den Amerikas: Repräsentationen des Anderen in Geschichte und Gegenwart (Transcript Verlag, 2009).

"Encyclopedia of Plagues, Pestilence, and Epidemics" book cover image "'Slavery and Epidemics,' 'Quarantine,' 'Yellow Fever in Colonial Latin-America and the Caribbean,' and 'Race and Epidemic Disease'" sections in Joseph P. Byrne, ed., Encyclopedia of Plagues, Pestilence, and Epidemics (Greenwood, 2008).

Courses taught

MHB 507: Health, Disease & Healing I
MHB 668: Health, Disease and Medicine in the History of Latin America and the Caribbean

Pablo F. Gómez
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