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.
Office:Room 1440, Medical Sciences Center
Pablo Gómez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical History and the Department of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His work examines the history of health and corporeality in the early modern Atlantic world. Dr. Gómez’s forthcoming book, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017), explores belief making and the creation of evidence around the human body and the natural world in the early modern Caribbean. He is currently working on a history of the quantifiable body in the early modern world. Dr. Gómez 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, among others, of a Davis Center fellowship at Princeton University, an IRH fellowship, an ACLS-Early Career Fellowship, an ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, three Major Project Grants from the British Library, a John Carter Brown Library Paul W. McQuillen Fellowship, and an Elizabeth Crahan and K. Garth Huston Fellow from the Huntington Library. He has published several articles and book chapters in multiple languages. One of his articles, “The Circulation of Bodily Knowledge in the Seventeenth-century Black Spanish Caribbean,” published in the August 2013 issue of the Social History of Medicine, was the recipient of the 2014 Biannual Best Article Prize by the Association of Caribbean Historians. He is also actively involved in projects of digital archival preservation in Colombia, Cuba and Brazil.
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, Wondrous Bodies: The Early Modern Caribbean and the Imagination of the World (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming).
"Researching the history of slavery in Colombia and Brazil through ecclesiastical and notarial archives" section in Maja Kominko, ed., From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme (Open Book Publishers, 2015).
"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).
"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).
"'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).
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 and an Honorable Mention for the Vanderwood Prize from the CLAH.
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.
MHB 507: Health, Disease & Healing I
MHB 668: Health, Disease and Medicine in the History of Latin America and the Caribbean