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Viviana Quintero Márquez

Viviana Quintero Márquez is a second-year graduate student in the History Department at Vanderbilt University where she works with Dr. Jane Landers. Her research and publications explore how medicine, health policies, disease, death, and the human body relate to Colombian, Afro-Atlantic, and Colonial history. In 2016, she received an M.A. degree in History from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Over the last four years Viviana has also curated the Manuel and Delia Zapata Olivella's Special Collection located at Vanderbilt University. Viviana Quintero has won numerous grants and awards for her research, including a Ph.D. grant from the Colombian State in 2014, and received an Honorable Mention for the Montserrat Ordoñez Prize from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) in 2012. Her most recent publication “Soldiers, Militias, and Tamboreros Cabildantes in Bocachica and Cartagena de Indias, 1741-1970” will appear in The Latin Americanist, published forthcoming 2019.

In addition to her academic work in the United States, Viviana Quintero has also been a columnist for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, has participated as a researcher in the Colombian Historical Memory Commission, has worked as an advisor for the Office of the Attorney General on questions of sexual violence and massacres, and formed part of an experimental team to conduct judicial investigations into the armed conflict. Her research on sexual violence and forensic practices in context of civil war in Colombia has been supported of the Colombian Forensic System, Colciencias, and the University de los Andes.