Rocio Gomez is an assistant professor of history at the University of Arkansas and holds a PhD in Latin American history from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include Latin America, history of science, environmental history, and the history of medicine. At the Science History Institute she explored the work of Andrés Manuel del Rio (1764–1849) and his scientific contributions to the history of chemistry, geology, and the modern mining sector. Her first book, Silver Veins and Dusty Lungs: Water, Public Health, and the Environmental Legacies of Industry in Modern Mexico, 1834–1945 (University of Nebraska Press, forthcoming), explores the effects of silver mining on the human body and water systems in Zacatecas, Mexico.