Department of History

Jennifer Lambe

Associate Professor of History, Director of Graduate Studies
Sharpe House 230
Areas of Expertise Latin America and the Caribbean, Atlantic World, History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine
Office Hours Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am (Zoom); Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm (Sharpe 230)


Jennifer Lambe (PhD, Yale University; AB, Brown University) is an Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean history and the Director of Graduate Studies. Her first book, Madhouse: Psychiatry and Politics in Cuban History  (2017), traces the history of mental illness and mental healing in Cuba through the Mazorra Mental Asylum, the only public psychiatric hospital in Cuba until the 1959 Revolution and a key site of political intervention and social reform. She is also the co-editor, together with Michael Bustamante, of  The Revolution from Within: Cuba, 1959-1980  (2019).  She is currently working on new projects related to 1. the Cuban Revolution and 2. the transnational history of psychiatric dehospitalization. Lambe also directs a digital humanities project entitled "Beyond the Sugar Curtain: Tracing Cuba-U.S. Connections since 1959".