About Lisette Varon Carvajal
I am PhD Candidate in History at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and my dissertation traces the medical practices of midwives, healers, and surgeons in New Granada (present-day Colombia) between 1700-1850. My project straddles between different sub-fields in history (gender and women's history, history of science and Latin American History), and is also influenced by other approaches (feminist science studies, critical race studies, epistemologies of the glbal south).
I was born and raised in Colombia and I did my BA at Universidad de los Andes, where I majored in Political Science, and minored in Law and History. In Colombia, I worked on a feminist NGO called Sisma Mujer where I pursued research on sexual and gendered violence perpetuated against women, and on the Secretaría de la Mujer, a governmental organization that defends women’s rights in Bogotá .