Catherine Mas, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Modern American History at Florida International University.
Her research and teaching focus on the intersections of medicine, race, and religion in the U.S.-Caribbean context. She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2019, graduating from Yale's Program in the History of Science and Medicine.
Dr. Mas is currently completing a book on the history of medical anthropology and the making of modern global health. It centers on Miami, Florida in the postwar period—an American city in the Caribbean basin, where immigration flows from Latin American and Caribbean countries, most notably Cuba and Haiti, altered the city's social order and posed a significant challenge to the health care system. From Cold War experiments in community medicine to neoliberal-era HMOs, the book traces efforts to care for and manage the diverse communities and health cultures that took root in Miami, generating knowledge and innovations that traveled far beyond the city.
Dr. Mas has broader interests in gender, science, and the politics of healing. She is currently working on a study of the transnational history of medical primatology, which focuses on the gendered and religious significance of relations between humans and nonhumans in mid-twentieth-century Cuba and the United States.
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