Cullimore Hall, Room 322
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, New Jersey 07102-1982
Research interests: History of science and medicine, modern Latin America, feminist science studies
Rosanna Dent researches at the intersection of history of science and medicine, Latin American history, Native studies, and feminist science and technology studies. Broadly, she is interested in how human interactions unfold in the context of knowledge production, and the implications of these relationships for questions of political and social justice. She has published on twentieth-century histories of human genetics and epidemiology in Brazil and is currently working on two book manuscripts, a monograph on the history of human sciences research in Xavante (Indigenous) communities in Central Brazil and a collaborative compilation and analysis of oral histories of human genetics in Brazil.
In collaboration with colleagues and members of Xavante communities in the Indigenous Territory of Pimentel Barbosa, Mato Grosso, Professor Dent is also working on a digital archive project to return historical documentation and publications produced since the 1950s to the Native communities they document.
Her work has been supported by The Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Max Planck Center for the History of Science, the Social Science Research Council, and Fulbright IIE.
HIST 365: SCIENCE & TECH IN GLOBAL SOUTH
HIST 373: THE RISE OF MODERN SCIENCE
HIST 380: HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
HIST 380: THE HISTORY OF PUBLIC HEALTH
HIST 624: TECH, ENVIRN & MED HIST
HSS 404: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW
HSS 404: HIST SEM:
HSS 404: HIST SEM: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW
HSS 404: HIST SEM: HUMAN SUBJECTS - THE HISTORY OF EXPERIMENTING ON HUMANS - HONORS
HSS 404: HUMANITIES SENIOR SEMINAR - HISTORY
2020 Burnham Early Career Award, Forum for the History of Human Sciences, History of Science Society
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
A.B. Biology, with honors, 2006
Dent, Rosanna (2020). "Subject 01: Exemplary Indigenous Masculinity in Cold War Genetics." The British Journal for the History of Science, 53(3), 311-332
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(5), 585-605.
Dent, Rosanna, & Santos, Ricardo (2019). "An Immense Mosaic": Race Mixing and the Creation of a Genetic Nation in 1960s Brazil," Warwick Anderson, Ricardo Roque, and Ricardo Ventura Santos (Eds.), Berghahn Books. (pp. 135-156). New York, NY: Berghahn Books
Vimieiro, Ana Carolina, & Dent, Rosanna (2019). "História transnacional das ciências," M.A. Linhales, D. Puchta, M.C. Rosa (Eds.), Editora Fino Traço. (pp. 33-56). Belo Horizonte, MG: Editora Fino Traço