My area of teaching and research focus on Mexico, Central America, Argentina, Chile, and the Caribbean. I also teach thematic courses on public health, revolution and counterrevolution, and commodities.
I am the author of Madness in Buenos Aires: Patients, Psychiatrists, and the Argentine State, 1880-1983. My current research concerns the history of military conscription in Argentina. I am especially interested in how Argentines from across the political spectrum debated the merits and problems of having obligatory military service.
I have also been working on a history of the obesity epidemic in Latin America. This project emerged from work that I did with an undergraduate history majors in 2010. Most recently, I was invited to the National Autonomous University of Mexico to present research on this subject. While in Mexico, I ran a workshop on the theme of medicalization to a group of faculty and students.