Pablo F. Gómez
Title: Associate Professor
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 William H. Welch medal, the Albert J. Raboteau Book Prize, and Honorable Mention of the Bolton-Johnson 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
Pablo F. Gómez, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (University of North Carolina Press, 2017).
Selected Book Sections
"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).
"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).
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”
MEDHIST 231: Introduction to Social Medicine