Nancy AppelbaumNancy Appelbaum

Associate 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.

Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies Program

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

Select Publications

  • "Mapping the Country of Regions: The Chorographic Commission of Nineteenth-Century Colombia," book manuscript under review.
  • "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.


  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Binghamton University, 2004-2005
  • New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) 2003 Best Book Prize for Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia, 1846-1948, October 2004
  • The Berkshire Conference 2003 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

Dissertations Supervised

  • Sandra Beatriz Sánchez López, "Practicing Journalism, Contesting Marginalization: Gender, Class, and the Women's Press in Mid-Twentieth-Century Colombia," 2014
  • Luis M. Sierra, " "Indigenous Neighborhood Residents in the Urbanization of La Paz, Bolivia, 1910-1950," 2013
  • 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)
  • Melissa Madera, "Zones of Scandal: Gender, Public Health and Social Hygiene in the Dominican Republic," 1916-1961," 2011
Dos plazas y una nación:  Raza y colonización en Riosucio, Caldas Race and Nation in Modern Latin America Muddied Waters: Race, Region, and Local History in Colombia

Last Updated: 11/19/14