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Dr. Manuella  Meyer
Dr. Manuella Meyer
Associate Professor of History
International Studies Concentration Advisor: Latin America

My current project examines the socio-political and medical terrain in which mental illness became a public health construct and its subsequent management in Rio de Janeiro during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It examines narratives of madness and concepts of mental illness articulated by psychiatrists during a time of rapid socio-political and cultural transformation. The study dialogues with historians and social scientists across geographical boundaries about public health, the history of welfare, gender, race discourse, state building, modernity and the socioeconomic organization of post-emancipation societies.


Reasoning Against Madness: Psychiatry and the State in Rio de Janeiro, 1830-1944, forthcoming.

Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
B.A., Brown University
Contact Information
110 Ryland Hall
(804) 287-6374
Areas of Expertise
Political and Cultural History of Latin America
Welfare and Philanthropy in Latin America
Sociology of Medical Knowledge