Christina Ramos

Christina Ramos

​Assistant Professor of History
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Duke University
BA, University of California - Davis

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​Christina Ramos specializes in the history of medicine in the early modern world, with a focus on colonial Latin America.

She is particularly interested in the complex intermingling of medical, religious, and indigenous cultures; the history of colonial hospitals and the provisioning of public health; the Inquisition as an archive for medical history; and the daily experience and treatment of sickness and disease.

Her first book project, titled Bedlam in the New World: Madness, Colonialism, and a Mexican Madhouse, 1567-1821, is a history of madness in colonial Mexico. Specifically, this work examines the history of the Hospital de San Hipólito in Mexico City, the first hospital of the Americas to specialize in the care and confinement of the mentally disturbed, and its growing alignment with the Inquisition and the secular criminal courts from which it often received patients.

She teaches courses on the history of medicine and colonial Latin America.

Fellowships, Grants, & Awards 



José Amor y Vázquez Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 2014



David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University, 2012-2013



Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University, 2011-2012



Mellon Summer Institute in Spanish Paleography, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Newberry Library, 2011



Hiebert Fellowship for Dissertation Research and Technical Training, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, 2010, 2011  



Term-Time Research Grant, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2010 



John Womack Jr. Summer Research Travel Grant, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2009 



Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, National Academies of Sciences, 2008-2011



Duke Endowment Fellowship, Duke University, 2005-2006



Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Humanistic Studies, 2004-2005