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Carlos S. Dimas

Carlos S. Dimas is an Andrew W. Mellon Postodoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Americas in Latin american Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in History at the University of California, Riverside (2014), M.A in history from California State University of Northridge (2009), and his B.S. in History and Politics from Woodbury University (2007)

Dimas’ book manuscript The Poisoned Eden: Disease, Politics and Culture in Tucumán, Argentina 1865-1916 examines the effects of three cholera epidemics in northwestern Argentina. His research interests center on the interplay between disease, politics and culture in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. Utilizing a string of cholera epidemics that broke out in the northwestern Argentine province of Tucumán, he examines how disease became a locus of social, political and cultural discourses between province and state, and within the province itself. By basing his study from the peripheral regions of the nation, he challenges commonly held views that the state imposed itself on the provinces. Instead, the state relied on the provinces during the epidemics to become representatives of the state and practice forms of governance that met the needs of the state, but also guaranteed provincial autonomy.

Dimas has presented his work in the United States (AHA and LASA) and Argentina (Instituto Superior de Estudios Sociales-CONICET in San Miguel de Tucumán)