Marco Ramos

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Assistant Professor
SHM L-132
333 Cedar Street
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Research Areas: 
Latin America and medicine; history of madness; health activism; Cold War; psychedelics and pharmaceuticals


Marco Ramos, MD PhD, is Assistant Professor in the History of Medicine and Department of Psychiatry at Yale University. His research and teaching focus on the history of mental health, with an emphasis on health activism and the history of drugs in Latin America. He is currently writing a book on Cold War violence and health justice in Argentina and is also starting a new project on the history of psychedelics, especially ayahuasca, in the Amazon. His writing has appeared in clinical, academic, and popular journals, including The American Historical Review, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Boston Review. His teaching brings a critical historical perspective to anti-racism interventions in science, medicine, and public health.

Selected Publications:

Articles and Chapters

“Making Disappearance Visible: The Realities of Cold War Violence” The American Historical Review 127.2 (2022): 664-690.

“”Psychotherapy of the Oppressed”: Anticolonialism and Psychoanalysis in Cold War Buenos Aires” in Anne-Emmanuelle Birn and Raúl Necochea (eds.) Peripheral Nerve: Health and Medicine in Cold War Latin America (Duke University Press, 2020), 211-240.

“Psychiatry, Authoritarianism, and Revolution: The Politics of Mental Illness during Military Dictatorships in Argentina, 1966-1983.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87, no. 2 (2013): 250-278.


“Mental Illness is not in Your Head,” Boston Review, May 17, 2022.

With Tess Lanzarotta and Iris Chandler, “COVID-19 Is Changing What It Means to Be a Doctor” Boston Review, July 16, 2020.


Interviewed on Econtalk podcast with Professor Russ Roberts, “Marco Ramos on Misunderstanding Mental Illness,” February 20, 2023,

Interviewed on Flip the Script podcast with Dr. Max Jordan, “Acá y Allá: Protest Psychiatry and Physician Activism,” 2019,