Dr Sarah Walsh

BA Boston College PhD Maryland
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Sarah is an historian of Latin America, focusing on eugenics in the early twentieth century. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. Working with Professor Warwick Anderson, Sarah is a postdoctoral research fellow for the ARC Laureate Fellowship project, "Race and Ethnicity in the Global South." In 2010, she received the National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to do field research in Chile.

Research interests

  • Latin America
  • Women and Gender
  • Public Health
  • History of Science
  • History of Medicine
  • History of Religion

Current projects

Sarah's manuscript, currently titled Faithful to Science: Race, Religion, and Eugenics in Chile, analyzes the development of Chilean eugenics to consider the relationship between Catholicism and science in the first half of the twentieth century from the Latin American perspective. Building on the work of Nancy Leys Stepan, she uses Chilean eugenics as a lens to better understand larger issues such as the importance of racial homogeneity to national identity, gender as an organizing principle for social order, and Catholic efforts to integrate bioscience into a religious cosmogony. The manuscript demonstrates that eugenic science was far more open to Catholic interpretation and acceptance than might be expected, challenging the discursive bifurcation of religion and science in twentieth century conceptualizations of secularism and modernity.

Awards and honours

2012: Dissertation Award, Department of History, University of Maryland

2010-2011: National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant

Presentations

Walsh, S. (2014) “One of the Most Uniform Races of the Entire World”: Raza chilena and the Myth of Chilean Racial Homogeneity. Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney.

Walsh, S. (2013) Race, Reason, and Catholicism: The History of Science in Latin America 1900-1950. Race and Ethnicity in the Global South, University of Sydney.



Book Reviews

Forthcoming – Walsh, Sarah. Book review – Sharon M. Leon, An Image of God: The Catholic Struggle with Eugenics. British Journal of the History of Science.

Selected publications

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Conferences

  • Walsh, S. (2013). Natural Partners: Eugenics and the Modernization of Chilean Gender Roles, 1900-1950. Latin American Studies Association Congress 2013, Washington DC USA: Latin American Studies Association Congress 2013.
  • Walsh, S. (2011). Las Dos Verdades: Catholic Characterizations of the Relationship between Religion & Science, 1910- 1940. Latin American Studies Center Graduate Conference 2011, University of Maryland, USA: Latin American Studies Center Graduate Conference 2011.
  • Walsh, S. (2010). Reason and Faith: A Study of Interwar Chilean Eugenic Discourse. Latin American Studies Center Summer Fellows Conference 2010, University of Maryland, USA: Latin American Studies Center Summer Fellows Conference 2010.
  • Walsh, S. (2008). Reason and Faith: The Catholic Church and Chilean Public Health Discourses, 1932-1936. 2nd Annual HGSA Graduate Student Conference 2008, University of Maryland, USA: 2nd Annual HGSA Graduate Student Conference 2008.
  • Walsh, S. (2007). Reason and Faith: The Catholic Church and Chilean Public Health Discourses, 1932-1936. III Latin American and the Caribbean Graduate Students Conference 2007, St Mary's Hall, University of Maryland, USA: III Latin American and the Caribbean Graduate Students Conference 2007.

Reference Works

  • Walsh, S. (2014). Chile – Revision. In Thomas Riggs (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA: Gale Research Inc.

2014

  • Walsh, S. (2014). Chile – Revision. In Thomas Riggs (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices. Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA: Gale Research Inc.

2013

  • Walsh, S. (2013). Natural Partners: Eugenics and the Modernization of Chilean Gender Roles, 1900-1950. Latin American Studies Association Congress 2013, Washington DC USA: Latin American Studies Association Congress 2013.

2011

  • Walsh, S. (2011). Las Dos Verdades: Catholic Characterizations of the Relationship between Religion & Science, 1910- 1940. Latin American Studies Center Graduate Conference 2011, University of Maryland, USA: Latin American Studies Center Graduate Conference 2011.

2010

  • Walsh, S. (2010). Reason and Faith: A Study of Interwar Chilean Eugenic Discourse. Latin American Studies Center Summer Fellows Conference 2010, University of Maryland, USA: Latin American Studies Center Summer Fellows Conference 2010.

2008

  • Walsh, S. (2008). Reason and Faith: The Catholic Church and Chilean Public Health Discourses, 1932-1936. 2nd Annual HGSA Graduate Student Conference 2008, University of Maryland, USA: 2nd Annual HGSA Graduate Student Conference 2008.

2007

  • Walsh, S. (2007). Reason and Faith: The Catholic Church and Chilean Public Health Discourses, 1932-1936. III Latin American and the Caribbean Graduate Students Conference 2007, St Mary's Hall, University of Maryland, USA: III Latin American and the Caribbean Graduate Students Conference 2007.

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