Suzanne Rubinstein


Advisor: Pablo F. Gómez

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I study the history of medicine in Latin America, with a particular focus on the development and circulation of ideas surrounding weight loss, exercise, and beauty in mid-twentieth century Argentina. I am interested in the role played by the state in the spread of ideas linked to nutrition and health, particularly during the first Peronist era. My research centers on the ways in which conceptions of weight and corporeality impacted, and were impacted by, gender, racial, and class identities in this period.


M.A., History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2022
B.A., History, Macalester College, 2017


  • History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

MA Title

  • “Defining Expertise through Anthropological Networks: Robert Lehmann-Nitsche in Early Twentieth Century Argentina”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Body as a Marvelous Machine: Body Weight, Health, and Beauty in Argentina, 1935-1965”

Selected Awards

  • Tinker-Nave Short Term Field Research Grant (Term: June 2022)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship (Terms: Summer 2021; Academic Year 2021-2022; Language: Brazilian Portuguese)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History of Science 275: Science, Medicine, and Race: A History (Fall 2022)