José Amador specializes in the history of race, gender, and public health in Latin America, with an emphasis on imperial and transnational histories. He also teaches the African diaspora in Latin America. His current research focuses on health rights and transgender activism in Brazil.
José Amador teaches a wide variety of courses in history and Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies. These include Latin America in the United States; Afro-Latin America; Gender and Sexuality in Latin America; and Race, Science, and Disease in the Americas. He has offered study away courses about global migration in Chicago and has team taught courses with faculty in English, History, American Studies, and Geography. Throughout his career, his goal has been to help students find their interests and develop the reading, writing, and research abilities that will further their life-long professional and intellectual ambitions.
José Amador's work examines Latin American history from transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives, but his primary research interests include the cultural history of medicine, the history of racial formation, Caribbean history, and, more recently, transgender studies.
Dr. Amador's first book, Medicine and Nation Building in the Americas, 1890-1940 (Vanderbilt University Press, 2015), argues that the circulation of public health initiatives launched in the colonial periphery were central to the making of modern national culture in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. His book was awarded the Norman L. and Roselea J. Goldberg Prize for best project in the area of medicine.
He is also the co-editor of Historia y memoria: sociedad, cultura y vida cotidiana en Cuba (Centro de la Cultura Cubana Juan Marinello, 2003). He has published essays on Puerto Rican Afro-diasporic music and on the founder of the Cuban journal Pensamiento crítico. He is currently working on a manuscript about transgender activism and health rights in Brazil.
Dr. Amador is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship and grants from the Rockefeller Archive Center, the Caribbean Exchange Program at CUNY, and the Ohio Humanities Council. With the support of Miami University's Humanities Center, he has lead interdisciplinary initiatives including the symposium "Disease and Development in the Global City" and, as an Altman Fellow, co-organized the program "The Human and the Nonhuman: Exploring the Intersection of the Sciences and the Humanities."
- Ph.D., University of Michigan
- M.A., University of Michigan
- B.A., University of Puerto Rico, Cayey