Paul Ramírez Assistant Professor

Paul Ramírez (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2010) specializes in the history of Mexico in the colonial and early national periods. His book project on epidemics and public health, tentatively titled “Minerva's Children: Mexico's Enlightenment Battle against Epidemic Disease,” examines the colonial rituals and genres that facilitated Mexico's early adoption of preventive medicine. His research has appeared The Americas, Hispanic American Historical Review, and Endeavour, and has been supported by institutions such as the Huntington Library, the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Foundation, the University of California’s Institute for Mexico and the U.S. (UC MEXUS), and Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. He is undertaking research on a new project about the religious dimensions of the harvest and production of salt in Mexico. 

Affiliated Programs

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program 

Science in Human Culture Program


Teaching Interests

Professor Ramírez teaches lecture courses on the broader history of Latin America, including courses on disease and healing and on the status of native Americans within nation states, as well as seminars on European conquest, Catholic practice, and the records of the Inquisition.

  • History 103: Conquest in Latin America
  • History 260-1: Colonial Latin America
  • History 300: Sickness and Health in Latin America
  • History 366: Liberalism and the Indian Problem
  • History 393: Catholicisms in the Americas (Approaches to History)
  • History 395: Society and Inquisition (Research Seminar)

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Fellow, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study, 2016-2017
  • Consortium for American Indian Studies Faculty Fellow, Newberry Library, 2016-2017