I completed my PhD in Latin American History and Public History in September 2018.
My dissertation examines the politics of public space, identity, memory, and monuments in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from national independence to present. I frame this primarily around four monuments in the city center, with each case study representing a critical point in the history of modern Argentina: from independence in 1810, to vast social and economic changes at the turn of the twentieth century, political unrest and the beginnings of a reactionary nationalist movement in the 1930s, and the modern debates on historical justice and memory after the fall of the violent 1976-1983 military dictatorship.
My analysis reveals the intertwined histories behind the case studies at the core of my dissertation, which follows the life of these monuments from initial planning to subsequent political or public use and appropriation, to contentions and expanded views of their meanings in post-dictatorship Argentina. I consider each monument’s iconography and political/social/historical context, as well as the public rituals, state ceremonies, and—eventually—popular protests held around these works. Overall, I argue that each has served to embed and contest changing notions of national identity and historical memory in Buenos Aires’s urban landscape, in ways that remain influential in the present.
Research interests: Modern Latin America, the Southern Cone, public history, memory and the built environment, cultural and urban histories, identity, human rights, and visual culture.
“Columbus, Juana, and the Politics of the Plaza: Battles over Monuments, Memory, and Identity in Buenos Aires,” Journal of Latin American Studies, forthcoming.
“Towards Memory, Against Oblivion: A Comparative Perspective on Public Memory, Monuments, and Confronting a Painful Past in the United States and Argentina,” The Public Historian, Special Digital Issue: Monuments, Memory, Politics, and Our Publics, Sept. 2017.
“Down Argentine Way,” in Race and American Film: Voices and Visions that Shaped a Nation, ed. Daniel Bernardi and Michael Green (ABC-Clio Greenwood, 2017), 242-244.
Book Review, Our Indigenous Ancestors: A Cultural History of Museums, Science, and Identity in Argentina, 1877-1943. The Public Historian, 39.2 (May 2017): 111-113.
- Spring 2018, History of Modern and Contemporary Latin America, Westmont College, Santa Barbara
- Summer 2017, Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions (History 151C)
- Summer 2016, Introduction to Public History (HIST 192)
- Summer 2014, Academic Writing (WRIT 2)
- Fall 2013—Winter 2015, WRIT 2: Academic Writing
- Spring 2013, HIST 8: Introduction to Latin American History, Dr. Sarah Cline
- Summer 2013, HIST 8: Introduction to Latin American History,Dr. David Rock
- Winter 2013, HIST 2A: World History, Prehistory to 1000 CE, Dr. Monica Orozco
- Fall 2012, HIST 8: Introduction to Latin American History, Dr. David Rock
- Summer 2012, HIST 2B: World History 1000-1700, Dr. Francis Dutra
- Spring 2012, HIST 8: Introduction to Latin American History, Dr. David Rock
- Winter 2012, HIST 4B: Western Civilization 1050-1715, Dr. Sharon Farmer
- Fall 2011, LAIS 10: Intro. To Latin American & Iberian Studies, Dr. Sarah Cline
Awards & Professional Activities:
External Awards and Fellowships:
- National Council on Public History Conference Travel Grant, April 2017
- University of California President’s Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017
- Steve and Barbara Mendell Graduate Fellowship in Cultural Literacy, 2016-2017 (Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life)
- Academic Senate Travel Grant, 2016
- Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, honorable mention, 2015
- Graduate Students Association Excellence in Teaching Award, Nominee, 2015
Internal Awards and Fellowships:
- UCSB Regent’s Dissertation Fellowship, 2015
- UCSB History Dept. Research Travel Grant, 2015
- Monica Orozco Prize, 2014, Best paper in Latin American History:
- “Representing Argentina’s Invisible Indigenous: Commemorations, Collective Memory, and the Power of Public Space”
- Philip W. & Maria Powell Prize: Distinguished contribution to Latin American & Iberian studies, 2014
- UCSB Humanities & Social Sciences Research Travel Grant, 2014
- Donald Van Gelderen Memorial Fellowship, 2013
- UCSB History Associates Fellowship, 2012
- UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Department Award, 2011
- UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Department Fellowship, 2010
- Executive Board Member, Goleta Valley Historical Society (2015- present)
- Assistant Review Editor, The Public Historian (2015-2016)
- Grant Writer, Santa Barbara Mission Archive-Library (2012-2014)
- Grant Writer, Ventura College Foundation (2009-2011)
“’The Tallest Monument to a Genocide Hero:’ Commemorations, Community Activism, and Argentina’s Invisible Indigenous,” the National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 19-22, 2017.
“Contesting Columbus, Representing the Nation: Protest, Performance, and Memory in Buenos Aires’s Commemorative Landscape.” Latin American Studies Association, New York City, May 27-30, 2016.
“Public Protest, Performance, and Participation: Shaping Historical Memory and the Monumental Landscape in Buenos Aires.” Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, NM, March 31- April 3, 2016.
“Shaping and Contesting the Past: Monuments, Memory, and Argentine Identity in Buenos Aires, 1811-present.” Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, NM, March 31- April 3, 2016.
“Exoticism and the Veiled Other: Visual culture, travel literature, and the male gaze in the construction of la tapada Limeña: 1700-1900.” Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April 3-6, 2013.
“Morisca, Maja y Tapada: Art, travel literature, and the male gaze in the construction of the veiled Other in Spain and Peru, 1530-1900.” UCSB Department of Spanish & Portuguese 14th Lusophone & Hispanic Graduate Student Conference, Santa Barbara, CA, May 4-5, 2012.