Post written by: Jennifer Lambe
Jennifer Lambe (Latin American and Caribbean Studies) is starting Assistant Professor at Brown University, with a PhD from the Department of History at Yale University. Her dissertation, “Baptism by Fire: The Making and Remaking of Madness in Cuba, 1857-1980,” examines the history of mental illness and mental healing in Cuba from the late colonial period through 1980, with a focus on both institutional psychiatry and popular healing. The project traces the history of the Mazorra Mental Hospital, the only public psychiatric facility in Cuba until the 1959 Revolution and an iconic site of political intervention and social reform. Jenny has published in Cuba: People, Culture, History (ed. Alan West-Durán, 2011) and Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe.