Nancy AppelbaumAssociate Professor
Director, Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program (LACAS)
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Latin America, Colombia, Race, Gender
Office: LT 610
Phone: (607) 777-4420
My research focuses on race and the formation of nations and regions in Latin America. I am currently writing a book on nineteenth-century geographers and how they envisioned the racial and territorial composition of Colombia. My first book examined agrarian and regional history from the perspective of a multiracial community in Colombia’s Coffee Region over the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am also interested in gender and transnational links between Latin America and the United States. I accept well-prepared graduate students in modern Latin American history whose thematic interests dovetail with the History Department’s strengths.
Recent or current undergraduate courses:
- Introduction to Latin America and Latin American Studies
- Political Violence in Latin America
- Modern Latin America
- Latin America and the United States
- Insurgent Cuba, 1868 to the Present
- Gender in Latin American History
- Race in Latin American History
Recent or current graduate courses:
- Race, Place & Nation in Latin America
- Twentieth-Century Labor and Women's History in Latin America
- Independence Era in Latin America
- Gender in Latin America
- "Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Commission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia," book manuscript under contract.
- "Reading the Past on the Mountainsides of Colombia: Mid-Nineteenth- Century Patriotic Geology, Archaeology, and Historiography," The Hispanic American Historical Review, 93:3 (August, 2013): 347-376.
- "Envisioning the Nation: The Mid-Nineteenth-Century Colombian Chorographic Commission," in State and Nation Making in Latin America and Spain: Republics of the Possible, edited by Miguel A. Centeno and Agustín E. Ferraro (University of Cambridge Press, 2013).
- Dos plazas y una nación: Raza y colonización en Riosucio, Caldas, 1846-1948. Translated by María del Carmen Londoño. Bogotá, Colombia: Instituto Colombiano de Antropología e Historia, Universidad de los Andes, and Universidad del Rosario, 2008.
- "Post-Revisionist Scholarship on Race." Latin American Research Review 40:3 (October 2005): 206-217.
- Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia. Duke University Press, 2003.
- Race and Nation in Modern Latin America, volume co-edited with Anne S. Macpherson and Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt. University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
- "Historias rivales: narrativas locales de raza, lugar y nación en Riosucio." Translated by Rocío Mahecha. Revista Fronteras de la Historia (Bogotá) 8 (2003): 115-134.
- “Las parcialidades indígenas de Riosucio y Quinchía frente a la ley 89 de 1890 (1890-1920).” Translated by María Monterroso, Impronta (Colombia) 1 (November 2003): 7-30.
- "Whitening the Region: Caucano Mediation and 'Antioqueno Colonization' in Nineteenth-Century Colombia." The Hispanic American Historical Review 79:4 (November 1999): 631-68.
- Honorable Mention for the Joseph T. Criscenti Best Article Prize by the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), for "Reading the Past on the Mountainsides of Colombia: Mid-Nineteenth- Century Patriotic Geology, Archaeology, and Historiography," 2014
- Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Binghamton University, 2004-2005
- New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) Best Book Prize for Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia, 1846-1948, October 2004
- The Berkshire Conference First Book Prize for Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia, 1846-1948, May 2004
Grants and Fellowships
- National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship 2009-2010
- Fellowship, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2009
- National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2002
- Dean's Research Semester Award, Spring 2001
- Social Science Research Council and American Council of Learned Societies, Joint Committee on Latin America and the Caribbean, Doctoral Research Fellowship, 1993-1995
- Vilas Travel Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993
- History Department Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring 1993
- Pre-Dissertation Field Research Grant, Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 1992
- Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990-1991
- Fulbright/ICE-TEX Scholarship, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 1988-1989
- Sandra Beatriz Sánchez López, "Practicing Journalism, Contesting Marginalization: Gender, Class, and the Women's Press in Mid-Twentieth-Century Colombia," 2014. Assistant Professor, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
- Luis M. Sierra, " "Indigenous Neighborhood Residents in the Urbanization of La Paz, Bolivia, 1910-1950," 2013. Assistant Professor, Wilmington College of Ohio
- Nilay Ozuk-Gundogan, "The Making of the Modern Ottoman State in the Kurdish Periphery: The Politics of Land and Taxation, 1840-1870," 2011 (with Donald Quataert). Assistant Professor, Denison University
- Melissa Madera, "Zones of Scandal: Gender, Public Health and Social Hygiene in the Dominican Republic," 1916-1961," 2011. Reproductive Justice Activist, Educator, and Doula, New York City