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Senior Lecturer in Medical and Health Humanities, University of Cape Town

Carla is a feminist, vegan, historian interested in social histories of health and healing, particularly early histories of AIDS and HIV. Her work is concerned with understanding how constructions of 'race', gender, sexuality, and class - and the underlying powers and privileges associated with them - influence understandings of, and responses to, health concerns. Other areas of interest include gender, violence and slavery in South Africa; the global crises; meat and masculinity and Health and Medical Humanities in Africa.

Carla obtained her Masters in African History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UCL, UK and her PhD from Rhodes (sic) University, South Africa. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Medical and Health Humanities in the Primary Health Care Directorate at the University of Cape Town.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities, University of Cape Town
  • 2003–2013
    Senior Lecturer, Rhodes University


  • 2013 
    Rhodes University, PhD in History

Grants and Contracts

  • 2018
    Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation