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Steven Palmer

Steven Palmer Professor, History
Graduate Faculty

Canada Research Chair in History of International Health (2006-2016)

Ph.D. Columbia University, 1990
M.A. Columbia, 1986
B.A. University of British Columbia, 1984

2184 Chrysler Hall North
University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
tel. 519-253-3000 ext. 2329

I have been at the University of Windsor since 2001, and was awarded the Chair in April 2006; the University of Windsor and CRC Secretariat renewed the Chair in April 2011.

My principal fields of interest are:

--discourses of health and medicine in the global age

--science-based cultural exchange between North America and Latin America

--the production of the spectacle of health and medicine at Expo 67

--the history of health, medicine, science and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean from the late 18th century to the present

--the history of medicine in the Detroit-Windsor region

New Publications:

Medicine and Health in Latin America: A History, in the New Approaches to the Americas series of Cambridge University Press, 2015; co-authored with Marcos Cueto.

“New Deal for Nursing”: Windsor’s Metropolitan Demonstrator School and the Reform of Nursing Education in Canada, 1944-1970,” in Julie Fairman, Patricia D’Antonio and Jean Whelan, eds., Routledge Companion to the Global History of Nursing (Routledge, 2013).

State of Ambiguity: Civic Life and Culture in Cuba's First Republic, eds. Steven Palmer, José Antonio Piqueras and Amparo Sánchez, Duke University Press, 2014).

Among my current research focuses is health, medicine and the life sciences at Expo 67, with a focus on the francophone and anglophone physicians and nurses from the Montreal medical community who were responsible for the health and medicine theme and exhibits at the fair.  I am also preparing a critical edition of the scientific journals of Quebec biogeographer, Pierre Dansereau during his Brazilian sojourn in the mid 1940s.  My work continues on the professional, scientific and political dynamics of the growing community of Cuban-born medical practitioners in the last fifty years of Spanish colonial rule (1850-1900), with a focus on the relationship of plantation medicine and scientific racism to the building of a Cuban medical research laboratory complex and the push for Cuban independence.

Selected Publications

Launching Global Health: The Caribbean Odyssey of the Rockefeller Foundation, (University of Michigan Press, 2010).

“From the Plantation to the Academy: Slavery and the Production of Cuban Medicine, 1800-1880,” in De Barros, Palmer and Wright, eds., Health and Medicine and in the Caribbean, 1800- 1968. N.Y.: Routledge, 2009: 56-83.

From Popular Medicine to Medical Populism: Doctors, Healers and Public Power in Costa Rica, 1800-1940. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2003.

Courses Taught

Course Number Course Name
43-272 Modern Latin America
43-403 Medicine, Healing and the Health Professions
43-462 United States - Latin American Relations in the 20th Century
43-504 Research Methods
43-597 Disease, Health and Power

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