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Diego Armus




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  4. Office Hours: On leave 2023-24
Diego Armus

Diego Armus teaches courses on Latin American history with an emphasis on urban and socio-cultural issues. Armus' current book projects include a history of cigarette smoking in modern Buenos Aires and The Buenos Aires Reader (forthcoming 2023). He has written or edited Sanadores, Parteras, Curanderos y Médicas. Las Artes de Curar en la Argentina Moderna (Buenos Aires: 2022); The Gray Zone of Medicine. Healers and History in Latin America (Pittsburgh: 2021); The Ailing City. Health, Tuberculosis and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870-1950 (Durham and London: 2011, with 2007 and 2013 Spanish version); Del Football and Fútbol/Futebol. Historias Argentinas, Brasileras y Uruguayas en el Siglo XX (Frankfurt and Madrid: 2014); Avatares de la Medicalización en América Latina (Buenos Aires: 2005); Cuidar, Controlar, Curar. Estudos de História da Saúde e da Doença na América Latina e Caribe (Rio de Janeiro: 2004, 2009, 2014); Disease in the History of Modern Latin America. From Malaria to AIDS (Duke University Press, 2003); Entre Médicos y Curanderos. Cultura, Historia y Enfermedad en la América Latina Moderna (Buenos Aires: 2002, 2003); Mundo Urbano y Cultura Popular. Estudios de Historia Social Argentina (Buenos Aires: 1990); Sectores Populares y Vida Urbana (Buenos Aires,1984); Manual del Emigrante Italiano (Buenos Aires: 1984).

Armus has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, Columbia, and New York universities, the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin, and the Fiocruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. Before coming to the United States from Argentina, he was a researcher at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies in Buenos Aires and the Argentine National Research Council. As an invited visiting professor, he has taught in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain. His work has been awarded by the Organization of the American States, the Latin American Council for Social Sciences and the Ford, Rockefeller, Inter-American, and Mellon Foundations, among others. In 2012 he received the R.A.I.C.E.S Award from the Ministry of Sciences and Culture of Argentina and in 2015 an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina). 

Historian Diego Armus Honored by Argentina's Science Ministry

Armus, whose research focuses largely on the history of disease, is the first person to be recognized by the ministry for work in the humanities and social sciences.

Armus' R.A.I.C.E.S. Award

Professor Armus' The Ailing City

Professor Diego Armus recently had his book, The Ailing City: Health, Tuberculosis, and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870-1950 published in Italian. The book is now available in Spanish, English, and Italian. 

The Ailing City