History Department
History Department

Eyal Weinberg

LecturerPh.D., University of Texas at Austin

Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer
Eyal Weinberg



My work interweaves histories of medicine, health, political violence, human rights, and the Cold War in Latin America, particularly Brazil.

My current book project, Tending to the Body Politic: Doctors, Military Repression, and Transitional Justice in Brazil (1961-1988), explores the contested realms of professional medicine, bioethics, and political repression in military and post-authoritarian Brazil. A social and political history of the medical community, the manuscript examines the role doctors played in state-sponsored repression under the Brazilian dictatorship (1964-1985) and subsequent efforts to hold them accountable. By exploring how the professional community confronted gross violations of medical ethics committed in the name of national security, Tending to the Body Politic reveals the critical role physicians played in Brazil's struggle for redemocratization and transitional justice. 

The project is based on my dissertation, which was recognized with Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation in the Humanities by the Latin American Studies Association's Brazil Section.  I explore some of the project's themes in my recent article, published in The Americas.  See Eyal Weinberg, “‘With Colleagues like That, Who Needs Enemies?’: Doctors and Repression under Military and Post-Authoritarian Brazil,” The Americas 76, no. 3 (2019): 467–505

More broadly, I am interested in the complex histories of public health in Latin America, particularly looking at how politics and regime change have influenced medical ethics, bioethics, and health care policies.  My teaching explores the intersections of medicine, politics, health, and human rights in Latin America, as well as histories of the Cold War, torture, and transitional justice, both in the Southern Cone and the Global South. 

Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow at UT's Institute for Historical Studies. I am also affiliated with the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. 

For my recent Public History writings, click here

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HIS 363K • Med/Hlth/Violnce In Lat Am

38387 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM PAR 101
GC (also listed as LAS 366)

Medicine, Health, and Violence in Latin America

This course explores the intersections of medicine, health, and violence in the history of Latin America. The quest to professionalize medicine, eradicate disease, and create a “healthy” citizenry has been central to both colonial control and nation-building processes in the region. Public health initiatives in the twentieth century have been particularly significant in shaping the social, political, and cultural lives of various populations across Latin America. What was the role of medicine in sustaining colonial power? How did early twentieth-century disease eradication campaigns affect the lives of indigenous peoples and former slaves? How did eugenics programs shape gender roles and family structures? And what was the relationship between state health policies and Cold War repression? Course lectures and readings will deal with these key questions. We will also look into the influence of nationalism, racial doctrines, and gendered ideologies on medical research and practice, paying particular attention to the involvement of international and U.S. organizations in coercive public health campaigns. 

Public History

Recent public history publications: 

"Two Doctors, Two Paths in Cold War Brazil," on 90 Second Narratives podcast 

"Volatile Times for Brazil’s Human Rights," Human Rights Commentary, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice  

"Love it or Leave it: When Brazil Fought against Defamation," The Social History Workshop [in Hebrew] 

"New Research on the Relationships between Businesses and Military Regimes under Latin America’s Cold War," Human Rights Commentary, Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice  

"Our History Mixtape: Embracing Music in the Classroom," Not Even Past