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Cassia Roth

C. Phil (2011), UCLA; M.A. (2011), UCLA, History; B.A. (2008), Bowdoin College (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude), Latin American Studies (Honors) and Spanish

Office: Bunche 2149
Fax: 310-206-7833
E-mail: cassiaroth@ucla.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Modern Latin America; Brazil; Women and Gender Studies; Atlantic World

Research Interests

My research focuses on the history of law, medicine, and gender in turn-of-the-century Rio de Janeiro. I investigate women's practices and customs surrounding childbirth, abortion, and infanticide as well as the legal and medical responses.


"Angelica's Baby: Pregnancy Narratives in Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro." The Appendix , 2 No. 2 (June 2014)


"Reproducing Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro." UCLA Historical Journal, 24 No. 1 (2013): 1-12.

Grants and Awards

2014 - Jon M. Tolman Award, Brazilian American Studies Association (BRASA)
2014 - Penny Kanner Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
2013 - Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH)/Berkshire Graduate Student Fellowship
2012-2013 - Fulbright IIE Student Grant, Brazil, U.S. Department of State
2012-2013 - National Science Foundation (NSF), Law and Social Science Division, Dissertation Improvement Grant
2012 - UCLA International Institute Dissertation Fieldwork Fellowship
2011 - Paula Stone Legal Research Fellowship, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
2010 - Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant (Summer), Portuguese, U.S. Department of State
2010 - Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA


Dissertation Committee:
Robin Derby, co-chair
William Summerhill, co-chair
Ellen Dubois, member
Aisha Finche, member

Conference Presentations

Invited Talks
2015 - From Representation to Experience: Women's Reproductive Practices in Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1930. Council on Latin American History (CLAH), Brazilian Studies Committee, American Historical Association (AHA), Annual Meeting, New York, NY, January 2-5.

2014 - Criminal Births: Stillbirth, Infanticide, and the Rio de Janeiro Police, 1900-1915. Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, April 17.

Campus Talks
2014 - Criminalized Births: Reproduction and the Police, Rio de Janeiro 1890-1940. UCLA History Graduate Colloquium, UCLA, February 7.

2011 - Women's Reproductive Practices and Medical Responses in Pre- and Post-Abolition Rio de Janeiro, 1850-1930. Medical Humanities, Louise Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA, November 18.

Selected Conference Presentations
2014 - Murdering Mothers: Infanticide, Madness, and the Law in Rio de Janeiro (1890-1940). Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) Biannual Conference, London, UK, August 20-23.

2014 - Fertility Control, Birthing Practices, and State Control in Turn-of-the-Century Rio de Janeiro. Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Congress, Chicago, IL, May 21-24.

2013 - Nascer livre: Reproduction and the Abolition of Slavery in Brazil. Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, October 29-November 3.

2013 - The Criminalization of Reproduction, Rio de Janeiro, 1890-1940. American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch (AHA-PCB) Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, August 8-10.

2013 - Embodied Citizenship: Women's Reproductive Practices and State Formation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1889-1930. Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Congress, Washington D.C., May 30-June 1.

2013 - Reproduction and the Limits of Democracy in Republican Brazil. American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 3-6.

2012 - Reproducing Slavery in Rio de Janeiro. Carolina Lowcountry in the Atlantic World Program (CLAW) Conference on Race, Gender, and Sexualities in the Atlantic World, College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, March 9-10.

2011 - Infanticide, Domestic Servants, and the Law in Inter-War Rio de Janeiro. Western Association of Women Historians (WAWH) Annual Meeting, Huntington Library, San Marino, California, April 7-9.

2011 - Reproducing Deviance: Historical Sources on Women Reproduction and Motherhood. Thinking Gender Graduate Conference, UCLA, February 11.

Chaired and Organized Panels
2015 - The Politics of Reproduction in the Americas: Twentieth-Century Bolivia, Jamaica, and Cuba. American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting, New York, January 2-5. (Chair and Organizer).

2014 - Impoverished Citizens: The Criminalization of the Poor in Post-Emancipation Cuba and Brazil. Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Congress, Chicago, IL, May 21-24. (Co-organizer).

2013 - Reproductive Regulation Across the Ages: Pregnancy, Abortion, and Infanticide in Seventeenth-Century Spain and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin America. American Historical Association (AHA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6. (Co-organizer).

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