Catherine Mas is a historian of medicine and American society. Her research and teaching focus on modern United States history and the intersections of health, race, and religion in the hemispheric Americas.
She is currently completing a book on the history of medical anthropology and making of modern global health. It centers on Miami, Florida in the postwar period—an American city in the Caribbean basin, where immigration flows from Latin American and Caribbean countries altered the city’s social order and posed a significant challenge to the health care system. From Cold War experiments in community medicine to neoliberal-era HMOs, the book traces efforts to care for and manage the diverse communities and health cultures that took root in Miami, generating knowledge and innovations that traveled far beyond the city.
Mas has broader interests in gender, science, and the politics of healing. She is the author of a recent article on the history of women’s clothing as a social and bodily technology in the context of American industrialization. She is currently working on a study of the transnational history of medical primatology, which focuses on the gendered and religious significance of relations between humans and nonhumans in mid-twentieth-century Cuba and the United States.