Martha Few is Professor of Colonial Latin American History at Pennsylvania State University. She is author of For All of Humanity: Mesoamerican and Colonial Medicine in Enlightenment Guatemala (2015). This book was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2016 Bandelier/Lavrin Book Prize in Colonial Latin American History. She is also co-editor of Centering Animals in Latin American History (with Zeb Tortorici, 2013), and author of Women Who Live Evil Lives: Gender, Religion, and the Politics of Power in Colonial Guatemala (2002).
Professor Few's research, on topics such as medicine and public health, Mesoamerican ethnohistory, gender and sexuality, and human-animal studies, has also been published in the academic journals British Journal for the History of Science, Ethnohistory, Mesoamérica, and other publications. She has been a Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. She has also held research fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and the Huntington Library in San Marino.
Professor Few is currently writing a history of human relationships with insects in the New World. She is also working on a critical introduction and English translation of Pedro José de Arrese’s "Physical, Canonical, and Moral Principles . . . On the Baptism of Miscarried Fetuses and Cesarean Operations in Women Who Die Pregnant" (Guatemala, 1786) with Zeb Tortorici, Adam Warren, and Nina M. Scott. This book, titled On Cesarean Operations and Fetal Baptism: An Eighteenth-Century Guatemalan Treatise in Historical Perspective, is forthcoming from the Latin American Originals series at Penn State University Press.