- Center for Collaborative History
- Program in American Studies
- Program in History of Science
Rana Hogarth is an associate professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She holds a Ph.D. in history, with a concentration in history of science/history of medicine from Yale University, and an M.H.S. in health policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the creation of ideas about racial difference in North America and the Caribbean as they emerged through the language of medicine and its allied fields. Her scholarship highlights how the professionalization of medicine and the production of scientific knowledge in the Americas was bound up with the making of race. Her research intersects with African American history, history of science, history of medicine, and Atlantic world history. Her first book, Medicalizing Blackness: Making Racial Difference in the Atlantic World, 1780, (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) examines how white physicians defined blackness as a medically significant marker of difference in slave societies of the American Atlantic. Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as Social History of Medicine, African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, and the American Journal of Public Health.