Marissa Mika

Doctoral Candidate, Entered 2008
Visiting Researcher, University of California Berkeley CSTMS
M.H.S. in International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
B.A. in Development Studies, University of California, Berkeley
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Teaching Fields: 

Primary Field: Modern African History

Emphasis on 19th and 20th Century East Africa, Health and Healing, Gender and Livelihood, Urban Africa, Colonial and Postcolonial Medicine and Science in Africa

Secondary Field: History of Medicine, Science, and Technology

Emphasis on Global Health History, Cancer, Medical Research, Technology Transfer

Research Interests: 

I am a historian of modern Africa specializing on issues where science, medicine, technology, and politics intersect. I work primarily in east Africa, and am writing a book on the history of a major cancer research center in Uganda currently entitled Research is Our Resource: Surviving Experiments and Politics at an African Cancer Institute. I am in the early stages of a project on material and spatial histories of medical waste, entitled  Where There is No Incinerator,which examines the thin line between disposability and reuse in health work in sub-Saharan Africa. I will also be returning to Uganda to pursue Magendo Lives, a social, material, and political history of the rise of the illicit or shadow economy in the 1970s.

I currently teach African history at the University of San Francisco and am a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Science, Medicine, Technology, and Society.

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