Department of History

Kelly Urban

  • Visiting Lecturer


Modern Latin America and the Caribbean

History of Health and Disease

Gender, Race, and Ethnicity


Modern Latin America

Colonial Latin America

World History

States and Sex in the Americas

History of Medicine and Health Care

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2017

Representative Publications

“Plagued by Politics: Cuba’s National Sanatorium Project, 1936—59,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 91, no. 4 (Winter 2017): forthcoming.

“The ‘Black Plague’ in a Racial Democracy: Tuberculosis, Race, and Citizenship in Republican Cuba,
1925—1945,” Cuban Studies 45 (January 2017): 319—39.

Research Interests

I am currently working on my manuscript, Politicosis: Tuberculosis, Public Health, and Politics in Cuba, 1925-1965. My second project will expand into the broader context of the Caribbean, demonstrating the importance of this region for ongoing "South-South" exchange in the making of medical knowledge, specifically for the (spatial) category of "tropical diseases."