Pablo F. Gómez

University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Risky Bodies: Quantification, Fungibility, and Slave Trade in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic"

Pablo Gómez’s work examines the history of health and corporeality in the early modern Atlantic world. His forthcoming book, The Experiential Caribbean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017), explores belief making and the creation of evidence around the human body and the natural world in the early modern Caribbean. He is currently working on a history of the quantifiable body and risk in the early modern world. Dr. Gómez holds an MA and PhD in History from Vanderbilt University. Before becoming an historian, Dr. Gómez earned his MD at the Universidad CES and did his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Pablo has been the recipient, among others, of a Davis Center fellowship at Princeton University, an IRH fellowship, an ACLS-Early Career Fellowship, an ACLS-Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, three Major Project Grants from the British Library, a John Carter Brown Library Paul W. McQuillen Fellowship, and an Elizabeth Crahan and K. Garth Huston Fellow from the Huntington Library. He has published several articles and book chapters in multiple languages. One of his articles, “The Circulation of Bodily Knowledge in the Seventeenth-century Black Spanish Caribbean,” published in the August 2013 issue of the Social History of Medicine, was the recipient of the 2014 Biannual Best Article Prize by the Association of Caribbean Historians. He is also actively involved in projects of digital archival preservation in Colombia, Cuba and Brazil.