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Diego Armus


Coordinator of Latin American and Latino Studies



  2. Phone: (610) 328-8094
  3. Trotter 220
  4. Office Hours:

    Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-5pm,
    & by appointment

Diego Armus

Diego Armus teaches courses on Latin American history with an emphasis on urban and socio-cultural issues. Armus' current projects include a history of smoking in modern Buenos Aires and the preparation of The Buenos Aires Reader, to be published by Duke University Press. One of his most recent books is The Ailing City. Health, Tuberculosis and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870-1950 (Duke University Press, 2011), with 2007 and 2013 Spanish versions. He has also written or edited Del Football and Fútbol/Futebol. Historias Argentinas, Brasileras y Uruguayas en el Siglo XX (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); Mundo Urbano y Cultura Popular. Estudios de Historia Social Argentina (Buenos Aires: 1990); Manual del Emigrante Italiano (Buenos Aires: 1984). Armus has been a visiting scholar at Harvard, Columbia and New York universities and at the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin, Germany. 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 National Research Council. As an invited visiting professor, he has taught graduate seminars in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain. 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. His latest awards include the 2012 R.A.I.C.E.S Award from the Ministry of Sciences and Culture of Argentina and a Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) in 2015. 

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