Rosanna Dent

Rosanna Dent


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Office Location

Cullimore Hall, Room 322
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights
Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982

Research interests: History of science and medicine, modern Latin America, feminist science studies

Rosanna Dent received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and completed a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University before joining the federated department of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers-Newark. As an assistant professor at NJIT, she teaches courses on the history of science, medicine, and technology, with an emphasis on the global South. She is currently working on a book manuscript on the history of twentieth century research in Xavante (Indigenous) communities in Central Brazil. The book examines how a half-century of iterative interactions of scholars and community members have shaped knowledge production as well as the political and social realities of both subjects and scholars. She argues that Indigenous subjects have fundamentally shaped the people and disciplines that researched them.


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow, 2016-2017

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Center for the History of Science, June 2015

Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellow, Social Science Research Council, 2014

Fulbright Student Program (IIE) Grantee, 2013-2014


University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., History and Sociology of Science, 2017
“Studying Indigenous Brazil: The Xavante and the Human Sciences 1958-2015”

University of Pennsylvania
M.A., History and Sociology of Science, 2012

Brown University
A.B. Biology, with honors, 2006


Dent, Rosanna and Ricardo Ventura Santos. “‘An Unusual and Fast Disappearing Opportunity’: Infectious Disease, Indigenous Populations, and New Biomedical Knowledge in Amazonia, 1960-1970.” Perspectives on Science 25, no. 5 (2017): 585-605.

Dent, Rosanna and Ricardo Ventura Santos. “‘An Immense Mosaic’: Race-Mixing and the Creation the Genetic Nation in 1960s Brazil” in Luso-tropicalism and Its Discontents: The Making and Unmaking of Racial Exceptionalism in the Lusophone World, edited by Warwick Anderson, Ricardo Roque, and Ricardo Ventura Santos. Forthcoming 2019. Berghahn Press.