Jose O Sola
 Title: Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
 Dept: History
 Office: RT 1356
 Phone: 216-523-7189
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1356, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Plantations, malaria, yellow fever, sugar cane, sugar mills, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, tropical medicine, colonialism, imperialism, agriculture, political history, labor
Ph.D., Caribbean History, University of Connecticut, 2004
M.A., History, University of South Carolina, 1995
B.A., Political Science, Ohio State University, 1991
Brief Bio:
I specialize in 20th-century Latin American and Caribbean history, focusing on the Spanish Caribbean. My current research examines the interaction between the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Department of Health and the Agro-industrial Sugar complex in Puerto Rico between 1910 and 1930 in their search to eradicate malaria among sugarcane workers.  The goal of the project is to examine the relationship between American public health policies, colonialism and the plantation economy in Puerto Rico during the first three decades of the 20th century. My research explores the cultural history of the sugar plantations during the first decades of the 20th century in the Spanish Caribbean. I have published in leading journals in the field of Caribbean history such as Caribbean Studies, Agricultural History and Historia y Sociedad (UPR).
Honors and Awards:
Teaching Grants
Spring 2015: American Historical Association, Tuning Project. Member of the second cohort of faculty participants who are working with their individual departments to articulate the disciplinary core of historical study and to define what a student should understand and be able to do at the completion of a history degree program.

2012-2013: Case Western Reserve University, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities Seminar -- "Revolution! "
Research Interests:
Puerto Rico, Sugar cane history, Sugar Farmers, Tropical Medicine history, Spanish Caribbean,  Modern Latin America, Colonialism and Imperialism, Agricultural history, Plantations, Labor systems in the Caribbean, Slavery in the Caribbean.
Teaching Areas:
Caribbean History, Spanish Caribbean History, Colonial Latin American, 19th Century Caribbean, Agrarian History of the Caribbean, Historical Methods, Latino History.
Professional Affiliations:
American Historical Association
Association of Caribbean Historians
Research Grants:
2019-2020, Faculty Scholarship Initiative, Cleveland State University, ¿Neo-colonial Encounters in the Sugar Fields: The American Tropical Empire and the Rockefeller International Health Board in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Cuba, 1920s, and 1930s. (Funded- $4188)

2015-2016: Faculty Scholarship Initiative, CSU for Project ¿ Killing the Perfect Beast: The Eradication of Malaria in Puerto Rico¿s Sugar Fields, 1900 to 1940s.