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Julia Rodriguez

Phone: (603) 862-0354
Office: History, Horton Social Science Center Rm 404, Durham, NH 03824

Julia E. Rodriguez has taught at UNH since 1999. A native of New York City, she studied at the New School (sociology and historical studies) and Columbia University (history). At Columbia, she specialized in Latin American history and the history of science and medicine and took a minor field in feminist studies. At UNH, Rodriguez teaches courses on Latin American history, cultural history, and digital history. Rodriguez is the author of Civilizing Argentina: Science, Medicine, and the Modern State (UNC Press, 2006), and has published articles in the American Historical Review, Isis, Science in Context, and the Hispanic American Historical Review. She is also editor of the open-source teaching website HOSLAC: History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean (<a href=""></a&gt;). Rodriguez has been an ACLS Fellow, a fellow at the UNH Center for the Humanities, and a National Science Foundation CAREER awardee; her work has received awards from New England Council for Latin American Studies and the American Association for the History of Medicine. She was the Peggy Rockefeller Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 2011-12. Rodriguez's current research focuses on the history of social sciences in Latin America, Europe, and the Americas, with a focus on the origins of transnational Americanist anthropology.

Courses Taught

  • HIST 425: Foreign Cultures
  • HIST 440D: Honors/Citizens and Persons
  • HIST 498: Expl/Hist Of Childhood & Youth
  • HIST 500: Intro to Historical Thinking
  • HIST 532: Honors/Modern Latin America
  • HIST 632/832: Topics Latin American History
  • HIST 690/890: Sem/Digital History Methods
  • HIST 695: Independent Study
  • HIST 797: Colloquium
  • HIST 970: Grad Seminar Teaching History


  • Ph.D., History, Columbia University
  • M.A., Sociology, The New School
  • M.Phil., Columbia University
  • B.A., Liberal Arts&Sci/Liberal Study, The New School

Research Interests

  • Atlantic history
  • History of science and medicine
  • Latin America
  • Women and gender

Selected Publications

  • Rodriguez, J. (2022). Under the Mexican Sun: Zelia Nuttall and Eclipses in Americanist Anthropology. In J. Bangham, X. Chaco, & J. Kaplan (Eds.), Invisible Labour in Modern Science. Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Rodriguez, J. (2022). No “Mere Accumulation of Material”:
    Land as Evidence in Early Americanist Anthropology. In Evidence in Action between Science and Society Constructing, Validating, and Contesting Knowledge. Taylor & Francis.

  • Rodriguez, J. E. (2022). Deep History and the Pitfalls of Periodization. INTERVENTIONS-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES, 24(2), 161-180. doi:10.1080/1369801X.2021.1972825

  • Rodriguez, J. (2020). Decolonizing or Recolonizing? The (Mis)representation of Humanity in Natural Science Museums. History of Anthropology Review, 44. Retrieved from

  • Rodriguez, J. E. (2014). South Atlantic Crossings.. In Beyond Imported Magic Essays on Science, Technology, and Society in Latin America. MIT Press.

  • Rodriguez, J. (2006). Civilizing Argentina Science, Medicine, and the Modern State. Univ of North Carolina Press.

  • Rodriguez, J. (2004). South Atlantic Crossings: Fingerprints, Science, and the State in Turn-of-the-Century Argentina. The American Historical Review, 109(2), 387-416. doi:10.1086/530337