Martha Few
Associate Professor of Latin American History, Department of History
(520) 621-5044

Professor Few is a historian who does interdisciplinary research on medicine and public health in colonial Latin America, Mesoamerican ethnohistory, and animals/insects histories in Latin America. She is currently working on a multispecies environmental history, analyzing the connections among imperialism, climate change, and epizootic disease outbreaks in the Americas (rabies, anthrax, etc.) from 1450-1850.

Selected Citations: 

Martha Few, For All of Humanity: Mesoamerican and Colonial Medicine in Enlightenment Guatemala (University of Arizona Press, 2015.

Martha Few and Zeb Tortorici, eds., Centering Animals in Latin American History (Duke University Press, 2013).

Martha Few, "Killing Locusts in Colonial Guatemala," in Centering Animals in Latin American History, ed. Martha Few and Zeb Tortorici, (Duke University Press, 2013), 62-92.

Zeb Tortorici and Martha Few, "Introduction: Writing Animals into Latin American History," in Centering Animals in Latin American History, ed. Martha Few and Zeb Tortorici, (Duke University Press, 2013), 1-27.

Martha Few, "Circulating Smallpox Knowledge: Guatemalan Doctors, Maya Indians, and Designing Spain's Smallpox Vaccination Expedition, 1780-1806" British Journal for the History of Science 43:4 (December 2010), pp. 519-537.

Research Themes: 
Ethnobiology
Land use
Native nations
Species adaptation
Agrarian societies
Deforestation
Drought
Pest management
Plant science
Animal behavior
Ecosystem disturbances
Entomology
History
Indigenous knowledge
Invasive species
Plant ecology
Species adaptation
Urban ecology
Public Health
Infectious disease
Non-infectious disease
Pest management
Urban Environment
Urban wildlife

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