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Jonathan Hagood

Jonathan Hagood
Associate Professor
of History (2008)

Lubbers Hall 326
126 East 10th Street
Holland, MI 49423

B.Arch., University of Texas at Austin, 1998
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1998
M.A., University of California, Davis, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2008

Jonathan Hagood teaches the histories of Latin America, science, and medicine at Hope College, a small liberal arts institution in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. He has published research on the topics of social medicine, public health, nursing professionalization, and atomic research in mid-twentieth-century Argentina as well as nuclear weapons policy. His current research focuses on the international history of nursing and the development of field research stations in Costa Rica. Prof. Hagood has also completed research projects in collaboration with undergraduate students from varied disciplines, such as Integrated Elementary Science Education, nursing, mathematics, and history. Through his service as Director of Hope College’s Senior Seminar Program, Prof. Hagood leads the portion of the academic program in which students explicitly confront questions of value and belief and have the opportunity to reflect on how Christianity can inform a philosophy for living.


Courses Taught
HIST 140 History Workshop
HIST 175 Michigan History
HIST 209/GEMS 159 History of Science
HIST 260 History of Latin America Since 1810
HIST 263 Colonial Latin American History
HIST 364 Latino Identities: Ethnic Diversity in Latin American and U.S. History
HIST 365 Gender and Power in Latin American History
IDS 172 Perspectives on Science (History, Literature, and Philosophy)
IDS 174 Health and Healing in the Western Tradition (History and Literature)
IDS 174 Health and Healing (Querétaro May Term)


Current Research
  • ďA Profession Without Borders: The Discourse and the Reality of International Nursing in the Early Twentieth Century" This project recovers the international character of nursing during the early twentieth century. The two principal research aims are (1) to analyze the international discourse that nurses created and (2) to compare this discourse to the realities of international nursing networks and the international movement of nurses. In doing so, the project argues that individual nurses’ engagement in “international nursing” changed their perception of the profession in ways that impacted and shaped both their daily practice and the development of nursing as a profession. .

  • "More Than A Mere Vision: on the Origins of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) at the University of Michigan" This project explores how and why field research stations in the tropics shaped the disciplines of biology and ecology as both literal and figurative nodes of scientific networks.



“Foreign Correspondence: International Content in the American Journal of Nursing, 1901-1922,” in Global Health, Welfare and Humanitarianism: Historical and Transnational Perspectives on Knowledge Exchange, ed. Inger Marie Okkenhaug, Michael Marten, Sonya Grypma, and Ellen Fleischmann (Oslo, Norway: Portal Forlag, in press for 2013).

“Agentes de Enlace: Nurses Connecting Citizens to Public Health in 1930s-50s Argentina,” in Handbook on the Global History of Nursing, ed. Patricia D'Antonio, Julie A. Fairman, and Jean C. Whelan (Routledge, 2013).

“Book Review: Workshop of Revolution: Plebeian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810 by Lyman L. Johnson,” Journal of World History 24, 1 (2013).

“Cells in the Body Politic: Social identity and hospital construction in Peronist Argentina,” Health, Culture and Society 3, 1 (2012): 112-131.

“Book Review: The Ailing City: Health, Tuberculosis and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870-1950 by Diego Armus,” Nursing History Review 21, 1 (2012): 131-132.

“Unidad Médica: The Unionization of Physicians in Peronist Argentina, 1930s-50s,” LABOR: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, 9, 3 (Fall 2012): 69-90.

“A Brief Introduction to Data Mining Projects in the Humanities,” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 38, 4 (April/May 2012): 20-23.

“Book Review: Ruins of the New Argentina by Mark Healey,” The Americas, 68, 3 (January 2012).

ABC-CLIO World History Encyclopedia (2010), Entries on: Atomic Power and the World's Navies; Authoritarianism in Latin America, 1900-1945; Cyclotrons; Export of English Football, 1900-1945; Fascist Movements in Latin America, 1900-1945; Global Nuclear Industry; Nuclear Reactors; Nuclear Waste Disposal; Oil Fuels in Latin America, 1945-2005; and Socialist Movements in Latin America, 1900-1945.

“Towards a Policy of Nuclear Dissuasion: How Can Dissuasion Improve U.S. National Security?” in Debating 21st Century Nuclear Issues (Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2007).

“Why Does Technology Transfer Fail? Two Technology Transfer Projects from Peronist Argentina,” Comparative Technology Transfer and Society, 4, 1 (April - June 2006).

“Arming and Industrializing Perón’s ‘New Argentina’: The Transfer of German Scientists and Technology after World War II,” ICON: The Journal of the International Committee for the History of Technology, 11 (2005).

“Dissuading Nuclear Adversaries: The Strategic Concept of Dissuasion and the U.S. Nuclear Arsenal,” Comparative Strategy, 24, 2 (April - June 2005), 173-184.



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