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Eve Buckley studies the history of science, medicine, health and environment in twentieth-century Latin America, particularly Brazil. She is interested in the use of science and technology to address problems of poverty and underdevelopment in postcolonial societies. Her book Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth-Century Brazil will be published by UNC Press in 2017. This work examines development projects in Northeast Brazil’s hinterland drought zone, focusing on dam construction, the establishment of irrigated smallholder colonies, and public health surveys. Prof. Buckley’s current research centers on the career and influence of Brazilian physician Josué de Castro. This new book is provisionally entitled Hunger Politics in the Early Cold War: Brazilian Critiques of Overpopulation Orthodoxy. Prof. Buckley received a BA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she worked for several years in science museum education. She grew up outside Columbus, Ohio, and now lives in Newark with her husband and sons.
Articles and Book Chapters
- “Drought in the sertão as a natural or social phenomenon: establishing the Inspetoria Federal de Obras Contra as Secas, 1909-1923,” Boletim do Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi: Ciências Humanas (Brazil), special issue, História, Ciência e Natureza (v. 5 n. 2, 2010), pp. 379-398.
- “Political Impediments to Technological Diffusion in Northeast Brazil, 1909-1964,” Comparative Technology Transfer & Society, v. 7 (2) August 2009, pp. 146-171.