College of Liberal Arts Salon Series: Essential & Disposable

Thursday, September 23, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Zoom (link provided after registration)
In what ways have the histories of Latina/o communities and medical authority been intertwined since 1848? And, why is it so hard to make these connections visible? Historian John Mckiernan-González traces the ways Latina/o communities have been essential and ignored in the tellings of medical history.
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John Mckiernan-González is the Director of the Center for the Study of the Southwest, the Jerome and Catherine Supple Professor of Southwestern Studies, and an Associate Professor of History at Texas State University. Dr. Mckiernan-González specializes in Mexican American History, Latino Studies, Social and Cultural History of Medicine, and Immigration History. Born in the U.S., he grew up in Colombia, Mexico, and the U.S. South and brings a migrant(s) eye and experience to his projects in public history, medical history, and Latino studies.

His first book, Fevered Measures: Public Health and Race at the Texas-Mexico Border, 1848-1942 (Duke, 2012), treats the multi-ethnic making of a U.S. medical border in the Mexico-Texas borderlands. He co-edited the volume, Precarious Prescriptions: Contested Histories of Race and Health in North America (University of Minnesota, 2013) which examines the contradictions and complexities tying medical history and communities of color together. His broad takes on Latina/os in U.S. medical history can be found in American Latinos in the Making of the United States and in Keywords in Latina/o Studies (NYU, 2017). His next project, Working Conditions: Medical Authority and Latino Civil Rights tracks the changing place of medicine in Latina/o/x struggles for equality.

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