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Natalie (Tasha) Kimball

Natalie (Tasha) Kimball



BA in Latin American Studies, University of Washington (2001); MA (2008), PhD (2013) in History, University of Pittsburgh


  • Latin American History
  • Women & Gender
  • Sexuality & Reproduction
  • Race & Ethnicity


I am interested in the history of women, sexuality, and reproduction, and race and ethnicity in Latin America. My dissertation traces the history of unwanted pregnancy and abortion in La Paz and El Alto, Bolivia, between 1952-2010, placing this within broader Latin American context. The project is entitled, "An Open Secret: The Hidden History of Unwanted Pregnancy and Abortion in Highland Bolivia, 1952-2010." It finds that women’s experiences with illegal abortion helped shape both the evolution of reproductive health policy and changes in abortion provisioning in the country.

I am particularly interested in the practical applications of historical scholarship for activist struggles in Latin America and other world regions. For examples of these applications, see my blog. I welcome your comments and questions.


  • “Mapping the Clandestine: Illegal Abortion and Unexplained Miscarriage in Highland Bolivia, 1952-2010,” forthcoming article in a volume on the history and politics of abortion worldwide, edited by Tracy Penny Light and Shannon Stettner.
  • “Sobre el aborto mal practicado como forma de feminicidio” (pub. pseudonymously as “Eugenia de Altura”), La escoba: Boletina feminista Vol. 3, No. 8 (La Paz, Bolivia), 8 March 2010, 8.
  • “Una colección para el estudio médico sobre las mujeres,” La Razón newspaper, La Paz, Bolivia (2009).
  • “Gifting Dependency: The Effects of Donations on Women and Ayni in Bolivian Mining Communities,” Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations (2004).


2012 Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement (University of Pittsburgh)
2011-2012 Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching (University of Pittsburgh)
2009-2010 Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship (University of Pittsburgh)
2009-2010 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
2007-2009 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship in Quechua (University of Pittsburgh)
2003 Institute of International Education Fulbright Full Grant to Bolivia
2002 Latin American Studies Graduating Senior Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement (University of Washington)