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Pablo F. Gómez

Title: Associate 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.
Phone:(608) 262-3414
Fax:(608) 265-0486

Office:Room 1440, Medical Sciences Center

Affiliations: History


My work examines the history of health and corporeality in the early modern world with a particular focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, the African diaspora and, more generally, the Iberian and Black Atlantic Worlds. My book, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (winner of the Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize), explores belief making and the creation of evidence around the human body and the natural world in the early modern Caribbean. I am currently working on a history of the quantifiable body and the development of novel ideas about risk, labor, and disease that appeared in Atlantic slave markets during the seventeenth century. I am 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


"The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic" book cover image Pablo F. Gómez, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).

Winner of the 2018 Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize.

Selected Book Sections

"The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History" book cover image "Afro-Caribbean Healers" section in William Beezley, ed., The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History (Oxford University Press, 2016).

"From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme" book cover image "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).

"Materialities of Ritual in the Black Atlantic" book cover image "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).

Selected Articles

Pablo F. Gómez, "Caribbean Stones and the Creation of Early Modern Worlds," History and Technology 34 (2018), 11-20. Special Issue: “Thinking with the World”

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 Conference in Latin American History (CLAH), 2014-2015.

Courses taught

MEDHIST 231: Introduction to Social Medicine
MEDHIST 275: Science, Medicine and Race: A History
HISTORY 347: The Caribbean and its Diasporas
MEDHIST 507: Health and Healing I: History of Healing from Antiquity to 1750
MEDHIST 564: Disease, Medicine and Public Health in History of Latin America and Caribbean
MEDHIST 919: Health, Healing and Science in Africa and the African Diaspora

Photograph of Pablo F. Gómez
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