The Ph.D Program: Latin American History
Emory's highly competitive Ph.D. in Latin American History provides students with an intimate, rigorous, and individually tailored graduate experience. The University's active Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which includes over fifty graduate students in varied courses of study, complements graduate offerings in History, and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to research and teaching. Faculty in Latin American History include Dr. Thomas Rogers, whose area of specialization brings together labor and environmental history in modern Brazil as well as the experiences of Latin Americans of African descent, Dr. Yanna Yannakakis, a specialist in colonial and early republican Mexico whose work focuses on ethnohistory, law, and inter-ethnic politics, and Dr. Jeffrey Lesser, who studies modern Brazil with a focus on issues of ethnicity, race and national identity. Among areas of topical strength are questions of national identity and immigration for the national period and the interface of indigenous peoples with imperial institutions during the colonial period. The area of Latin American History is especially strong in the histories of Brazil and Mexico and in approaches including social and cultural history.
The History Ph.D. program provides students with rigorous training in their fields of specialization while encouraging comparative study. Students entering the program in Latin American History will take the required “Topics in Latin American History” seminar in both their first and third semesters as they prepare for fields in the modern and colonial periods (as well as a third thematic field of their own design). The faculty is particularly committed to student professionalization and Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to learn about fellowship writing, pedagogy and comparative approaches in complementary fields and disciplines including anthropology and literature. Students have a wide range of course opportunities in areas like race and ethnicity, gender, law, political culture, religion, and Atlantic World studies. Graduate students in Latin American History in the last few years have won Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and Social Science Research Council grants, and our Ph.D.’s are in tenure track positions across the United States and Latin America.
Current Latin Americanist Graduate Students and their Topics
- Hannah Abrahamson
- Andrew Britt, "Ma(r)king Neighborhoods in São Paulo: Spatial Histories of Ethnicity, 1938-1986"
- Chris Brown, "The Playing Fields of Eden: Envisioning the City through Soccer in the Brazilian Amazon, 1914-2014"
- Alexander Cors
- Jonathan Coulis, "Marching Rows of Coffee"
- Audrey Henderson, "Exceptional Conditions: The Politics of Development in Postrevolutionary Valley of Mexico"
- Rachel Lora Lambrecht, "Under the Coral Tree's Shadow: Popular Politics and State-Building in the Rio de la Plata (1810-1820)"
- Alexandra Lemos Zagonel
- Marissa Nichols
- Angie Picone, "Constructions of Landscapes in the Northern Patagonian Andes, 1895-1958"
- Shari Wejsa
Recent Graduate Students
|Graduation Year||PhD Recipient||Dissertation Title||Current Position|
|2016||Juan Andrés Camou Viacava||"The Schoolchildren Will Come to Salute the Sun: The Making of Uruguay's Public Education System, 1830s"|
|2016||Benjamin J. Nobbs-Thiessen||"The Cultivated State, Migrants and the Transformation of the Bolivian Lowlands, 1952-2000"||Postdoc Research Associate, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University|
|2016||Ariel Svarch||"Four Jews, Five Identities: Representation, Popular Culture, and Language Politics in the Making of Jewish-Argentines (Buenos Aires, 1920-1950)"||Post-Doctoral Candidate|
|2015||"From 'German Danger' to German-Brazilian President: Immigration, Ethnicity, and the Making of Brazilian Identities, 1924-1974"||Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
"Rebels, Martyrs, Heroes: Authoritarianism and Youth Culture in Argentina, 1966-1983"
Emerging Democracies Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan
|2014||Alicia Monroe||"Brotherhoods of their Own: Black Confraternities and Civic Leadership in São Paulo, Brazil, 1850-1955"||African American and Diaspora Studies, Vanderbilt University|
|2014||Lena Suk||"Becoming Modern at the Movies: Gender, Class, and Urban Space in Twentieth-Century Brazil"||Department of History and Geography, University of Louisiana Lafayette|
|2014||Jorge Troisi- Melean||"Uncomfortable Partners: The Franciscans of Cordoba, 1767-1829"||Universidad Nacional de La Plata|
|2013||Leonardo Marques||"The United States and the Transatlantic Slave Trade to the Americas, 1776-1867"||Universidade Federal Fluminense|
|2011||Alex Borucki||"From Shipmates to Soldiers: Emerging Black Identities in Montevideo, 1770-1850"||Department of History, University of California, Irvine|
|2011||Agnieszka Czeblakow||"A Prison by Any Other Name: Incarceration in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Audiencia de Quito"||Special Collections Library, University of Texas at San Antonio|
|2011||Cari Williams Maes||"Progeny of Progress: Child-Centered Policymaking and National Identity Construction in Brazil, 1922-1954"||Oregon State University|
|2011||Uri Rosenheck||"Fighting for Home Abroad: Remembrance and Oblivion of World War II in Brazil"||Tel Aviv University|
|2009||Rafael Rossotto Ioris||"'Fifty years in Five' and the Meanings of National Development in 1950s Brazil"||Department of History, University of Denver|
|2009||Fabricio Prado||"In the Shadows of Empires: Trans-Imperial Networks and Colonial Identity in Bourbon Rio de la Plata (c. 1750-1813)"||Department of History, William & Mary|
|2008||Mollie Nouwen Lewis||"Con Men, Crooks, and Cinema Kings: Popular Culture and Jewish Identities in Buenos Aires, 1905-1930"||Pacific Northwest College of Art|
|2008||Cathy Marie Ouellette||"Two Times Brazilian: Rio Grande do Sul and the Making of the Nation, 1891-1930"||Department of History, Muhlenberg College|
|2005||Viviana L. Grieco||"Politics and Public Credit: The Limits of Abslutism in Late Colonial Buenos Aires"||Department of History, University of Missouri, Kansas City|
|2004||Michael Perri||"The Spanish Conquest of the Pearl Coast and the Search for the Province of the Meta"||Department of History, Texas A & M University, Texarkana|
|2003||Frank Trey Proctor||"Slavery, Identity, and Culture: An Afro-Mexican Counterpoint, 1640-1763"||Department of History, Denison University|
|2002||Maria N. Marsilli||"God & Evil in the Gardens of the Andean South: Mid-Colonial Rural Religion in the Diocese of Arequipa "||Department of History, John Carroll University|
|2001||Ondina Gonzalez||"The Innocents: Children of Colonial Spanish America with a Case Study of Eighteenth-Century Havana "||Agnes Scott College|
|2000||Jason Lemon||"The Encomienda in Early New Spain"||University of San Diego|