Gabriela Soto Laveaga

Gabriela Soto Laveaga

Professor of the History of Science
Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico

Areas of Research: Modern Latin America; intersection of science and culture; public health; scientific and medical exchange in the Global South

Gabriela Soto Laveaga is Professor of the History of Science and Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico at Harvard University. Her current research interests interrogate knowledge production and circulation between Mexico and India; medical professionals and social movements; and science and development projects in the twentieth century.

Her first book, Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects and the Making of the Pill, won the Robert K. Merton Best Book prize in Science, Knowledge, and Technology Studies from the American Sociological Association. Her second monograph, Sanitizing Rebellion: Physician Strikes, Public Health and Repression in Twentieth Century Mexico, examines the role of healthcare providers as both critical actors in the formation of modern states and as social agitators. Her latest book project seeks to re-narrate histories of twentieth century agriculture development aid from the point of view of India and Mexico.

She has held numerous grants, including those from the Ford, Mellon, Fulbright, DAAD, and Gerda Henkel Foundations. In 2019, she received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence In Mentoring Award from Harvard University.

Select Publications:

  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela. Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National, Projects and the Making of the Pill.   Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.  Winner of Robert K. Merton Award
  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela. Largo dislocare: connecting microhistories to remap and recenter histories of science, History and Technology, 34:1, 2018: 21-30.
  • “Epigenetics of Memory,” Kalfou: Special Issue on Race and Science. Volume 5, Issue 1 Spring 2018: 54-60.
  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela. “Medicalizing the Borders of an Expanding State: Physicians Reporting from the Frontier of Mexican Progress, 1930-1950,” in W. I. Lee, John W.I. and Michael North Globalizing Borderlands Studies in Europe and North America. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016.
  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela. “Building the Nation of the Future, One Waiting Room at a Time: Hospitals in the Making of Modern Mexico,” History and Technology edited by John Krige and Jessica Wang, Volume 31, Issue 3, July 2015, pages 275-294.
  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela. Mexico’s Historical Solutions to Rural Health,” in Health for All the Journey to Universal Health Coverage. York: Center for Global Health Histories, 2015.
  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela. “Shadowing the Professional Class: Reporting Fictions in Doctors’ Strikes” Special issue on secret service archives. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, Summer 2013, 19:1, 30-40.
  • Soto Laveaga, Gabriela. "Searching for Molecules, Finding Rebellion: Echeverría's 'Arriba y Adelante'  Populism in Southeastern Mexico” in Populism in twentieth century Mexico : the presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría, edited by Amelia Kiddle and Maria Muñoz. Tucson: University of Arizona Press: 2010: pp. 87-105.

Invited Talks/Lectures/Keynotes/Presentations

  • UPCOMING: “Mexico and India in Global History,” Transnational History, Caltech, Pasadena, February 19-21, 2020.
  • UPCOMING: “Tethered Fields: Sonora and the Punjab in mid-twentieth century scientific agriculture,” Program in Agrarian Studies, Yale University, January 28, 2020.
  • UPCOMING: “Republic of Plants" in Chennai, December 9-14, 2019
  • Planning Meeting for Science and Globalization Reader, Columbia University, May 15, 2019.
  •  “(Re)Locating Known Histories of Science to the South: The Case of Hybrid Seeds in Mexico,” UC San Diego, May 14, 2019.
  • “Traveling Hybrids: Mexico and India in the Green Revolution,” Brown University, April 4, 2019.

Selected Fellowships & Awards

  • Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Member for Academic year 2019-2020
  • 2019 recipient of the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence In Mentoring Award
  • Gerda Henkel Fellowship for Research Scholars, July 2015—January 2016
  • Visiting Scholar - Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin Aug. 1– Oct.1, 2015 and Jan.1 – Jan. 31, 2016, Group II
  • 2016 UC Academic Senate Research Grant
  • 2014 LAIS Outstanding Faculty Advisor
  • 2014 Rockefeller Archive Center Grant
  • 2010 Robert K. Merton Book Award  for Jungle Laboratories
  • 2010 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship co-P.I.

Contact Information

p: (617) 495-3492