Photo portrait of Dr. Rafaela Jobbitt, Department of History

Dr. Rafaela Jobbitt


Phone Number: 
+1 807-343-8010ext. 8852
Office Location: 
Ryan Building 3015
Office Hours: 
please contact Dr. Rafaela Jobbitt by email for appointments
Academic Qualifications: 
  • PhD in History, York University
  • MA in History, University Toronto
  • BA Honours in History, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
Previous Teaching/Work: 
  • Instructor, Mount San Antonio College, Department of History (2009-2013)
  • Instructor, California State University (Fullerton), Department of History (2011-2012)
  • Instructor, California State University (Fullerton), Department of Modern Languages (2011-2012)
  • Instructor, Sheridan College, School of Liberal Arts (2006)
  • Instructor, George Brown College (2004-2005)
  • Instructor, University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria, Department of Romance Languages (1994-1996)
Research Interests: 

Rafaela Jobbitt  received her PhD at York University.  Her dissertation  is entitled “Medicine and Modernization: Medical Practitioners, Public Hygiene, and the Re-Colonization of São Tomé and Príncipe, 1850-1926.”  Rafaela Jobbitt was born in Mozambique and has done research in Lisbon and in São Tomé and Príncipe.  She is fluent in Portuguese and her teaching interests include: the Atlantic World, Colonial Medicine and Race and Gender Studies.

Recent Publications:

“Complicating Hybrid Medical Practices in the Tropics: Examining the Case of São Tomé and Príncipe, 1850-1926.” In Healers and Empires in Global History: Healing as Hybrid and Contested Knowledge, Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.

"Africa and the Migrant Crisis: The Case of Eritrean Refugees." The RESRG Review, 22 June 2016.

“‘Mischief’ and ‘Magic’: Midwives, Curandeiras, and the Health Service of São Tomé and Príncipe, 1850-1926.” In O Colonialismo Português – Novos Rumos da Historiografia dos PALOP, 267-80. Famalicão: Edições Húmus, 2013.

“Forced Labour, Public Hygiene and the Degredados of São Tomé in the Late Nineteenth Century.” In Forced African Labour: Comparative Colonial Perspectives, 3-14. Porto: Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto, 2008.