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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. He studied at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and the University of California, Berkeley, where he got his Ph.D. in history. His main current research project is a history of tobacco cigarette smoking in modern Buenos Aires.

In 2024, Duke University Press will publish his The Buenos Aires Reader; Fondo de Cultura Económica -Buenos Aires his Enfermedades Argentinas. 16 Historias; and Penguin Random House- Argentina an updated version of The Ailing City. Health, Tuberculosis and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1879-1950 (Duke University Press, 2011; Edhasa, 2007 and 2013 for Spanish versions). He has also written or edited, among others, Sanadores, Parteras, Curanderos y Médicas. Las Artes de Curar en la Argentina Moderna (Buenos Aires: 2022); The Gray Zones of Medicine. Healers and History in Latin America (2021); Avatares de la Medicalización en América Latina (Buenos Aires: 2005); Cuidar, Controlarar, 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); Mundo Urbano y Cultura Popular. Estudios de Historia Social Argentina (Buenos Aires: 1990). Armus has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, Columbia, and New York universities and at the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin, Germany, the FIOCRUZ Foundation in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, and the Escuela de Altos Estudios Sociales - UNSAM, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before going to the United States from Argentina, he was a researcher at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies in Buenos Aires and the National Research Council. As an invited visiting professor, he has taught graduate seminars at Latin American, European, and Chinese universities. His work has been funded 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. Some of his awards include the 2012 R.A.I.C.E.S Award from the Ministry of Sciences and Culture of Argentina, a Doctoral Honorary Degree from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) in 2015. In March 2024 he will be Honorary Visiting Fellow of the International Center for Drug Policy Studies at the University of Shanghai. His last award is the 2024 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (Germany).



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