Bethsaida Nieves

Visiting Assistant Professor, (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison)

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Area of Interests:

Cultural Constructions of Difference in Education and Society, History of Race Science, Health Education

Biographical Note:

Bethsaida Nieves received her Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Research with a Ph.D. minor in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught and worked on collaborative research projects at the School of Education, the Institute for Research on Poverty, and the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a faculty affiliate with the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) at the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). Dr. Nieves recently became a Community Advisory Board Member for the Federally Qualified Health Center Intervention for Continuous Glucose Monitoring Uptake in Hispanic Adults with Type 1 Diabetes program, which is directed by Kelley Newlin Lew, DNSc, ARNP-C, CDE, Associate Professor at the UConn School of Nursing.

Dr. Nieves is also part of the Black and Latino History Project’s Eugenics Working Group at Yale University: Her work can be seen in the event, Teaching the History and Legacies of the Eugenics Movement | The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition:

Current Research/Selected Publications:

Her current publications examine historical and contemporary issues of education, public health, governmentality, eugenics, and biopolitics in Puerto Rico.

Nieves, B. (2024). Epistemic and ontological shifts in the making: (re)defining the episteme of Puerto Rico’s education at the turn of the twentieth century. Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies / Revue Canadienne Des Études Latino-Américaines et Caraïbes, 1–19.

Nieves, B. (2023) Determining Biological Citizenship: Creating and Effacing Difference in Puerto Rico’s Education. In Kelly Burns and Helen Proctor, (Eds.), Curriculum of the body and the school as clinic: Histories of public health and schooling, 1900-2020. Sydney, Australia: Sydney UP.

Nieves, B. (2023) Puerto Rican Diaspora. In C. Soto van der Plas, and L.R. Buckwalter Cunningham, (Eds.), Latino Literature: An Encyclopedia for Students. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Professor Bethsaida Nieves
Contact Information
Mailing Address2006 Hillside Rd. Unit 1161, Storrs, CT 06269
Office LocationRyan Building, Room 232