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 the relationship between eugenics and Catholicism in the early 20th century. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park. Sarah is a postdoctoral research fellow in the ARC Laureate Fellowship project, “Race and Ethnicity in the Global South,” supervised by Professor Warwick Anderson. In 2010, she received the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant to study the development of eugenics as a discipline 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 project examines the development and application of eugenic science to the field of public health in Chile between 1900 and 1950. Her research demonstrates how Chilean social reformers idealized their indigenous ancestry while simultaneously overlooking the indigenous peoples living in Chile and on its peripheries to create a eugenic science focused on national racial homogeneity. Additionally, she studies how Chilean Catholic social reformers formed a meaningful part of the Chilean debates regarding eugenics and race. Specifically, Sarah assesses the visual culture corresponding to Chilean eugenics to see if there was a preferred Chilean phenotype that eugenics sought to create. This will illuminate how racial difference and similarity was made in Chile. By studying Chilean visual culture, her manuscript will complicate scholarly notions about racial ideology in Latin America.

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

Selected grants

2010

  • Summer Travel Grant, Latin American Studies Center, University of Maryland; Walsh S.
  • National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Program in Science, Technology and Society, Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant; Rosemblatt K, Walsh S.

2008

  • Summer Prospectus Development Grant, Department of History, University of Maryland; Walsh S.

2007

  • Summer Research and Travel Grant, Department of History, University of Maryland; Walsh S.

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.

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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