Mariola Espinosa

Mariola Espinosa
History
University of Iowa

Espinosa is working on a book project, "Fighting Fever in the Caribbean: Medicine and Empire, 1650-1902." This work introduces the development and application of key medical ideas of yellow fever from 1650 to 1900—from the benefits of elevation to the presumed threat of filthy conditions, from the idea of acclimatization to theories of racial immunity—into the study of how that disease shaped the struggle for empire at this intersection of the Atlantic world. The project provides a more complete understanding of the ways in which the confluence of microbes and men yielded the modern Caribbean.