Carlos S. Dimas is the Andrew W. Mellon Postodoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Americas in Latin american Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Riverside (2014), M.A in history from California State University of Northridge (2009), and his B.S. in History and Politics from Woodbury University (2007)
Dimas’ book manuscript The Poisoned Eden: Disease, Politics and Culture in Tucumán, Argentina 1865-1916 examines three cholera epidemics in northwestern Argentina. Utilizing a string of cholera epidemics that broke out in the northwestern Argentine province of Tucumán, he examines how disease became a locus of social, political and cultural discourses between province and state, and within the province itself. By basing his study from the peripheral regions of the nation, he challenges commonly held views that the state imposed itself on the provinces. Instead, the state relied on the provinces during the epidemics to become representatives of the state and practice forms of governance that met the needs of the state, but also guaranteed provincial autonomy. His research interests center on the interplay between disease, politics and culture in the closing decades of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth.
His second project will examine the history of soy production in central Argentina from the 1960s to the present. Interested in the space where public health, ecology, and market forces intersect, the project examines the detrimental effect soy has had on rural populations and environmental sustainability.
Dimas has presented his work throughout the United States and Argentina.
Currently he is working on two journal articles. One on the role of fruit and sugar cultivation during a cholera epidemic in 1860s Tucumán. The other investigates folk medicine among Tucumán’s rural inhabitants in the opening decades of the twentieth century. Similar to other peripheral regions of Latin America, the article reveals that tucumanos oscillated between popular and traditional medicine, often making use of resources readily available.
He has taught a variety of courses on Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, the History of Medicine and Disease, World History, and courses that put Latin America in a global context. Moreover, his research and teaching have taken on an increasingly digital perspective.
Hospital records for the 1886-7 cholera epidemic in San Miguel, Tucumán
Rumors of Argentine doctors experimenting on cholera patients during the 1886-7 epidemic was common in the public sphere.