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Associate Professor
Ph.D., UCLA, 1999

Justin Wolfe is William Arceneaux Professor of Latin American History and Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow. He specializes in Central America, particularly post-colonial social and cultural history. His research interests include nation-state formation, race and ethnicity, and the African Diaspora.

Research Interests
I am interested in the construction of identity within the context of everyday politics. At the same time, my work seeks to cross back and forth over the boundaries between social scientific and cultural analysis, to explore the interconnections between structure and imagining. For first project, The Everyday Nation-State: Community and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua analyzes how popular communities understood, negotiated and transformed the meaning of national identity in the struggles of everyday politics. I am currently doing research on race, empire and nation in Nicaragua, 1700-1900 for a book project that explores everyday politics through the complex and interrelated histories of race and cosmopolitanism.

Teaching Interests
While my research concentrates on Central America, my teaching ranges much more widely across the region and tackles diverse themes. I offer a number of courses that deal with race, nation, and identity from the late colonial period through to today. A long-standing interest in the relationship between economics and culture means that I also teach on economic history, peasant-state relations, and Latin America's engagements with modernization, modernity, and modernism.

Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place    
Co-edited with Lowell Gudmundson. Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.
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"'The Cruel Whip': Race and Place in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua"    
In Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place, edited by Lowell Gudmundson and Justin Wolfe (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), 177-208.

"Soldiers and Statesmen: Race, Liberalism, and the Paradoxes of Afro-Nicaraguan Military Service, 1844-1863"    
In Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America: Race, Nation, and Community During the Liberal Period edited by Nicola Foote and Rene D. Harder Horst (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2010), 42-58.

"Those That Live by the Work of Their Hands: Labour, Ethnicity and Nation-State Formation in Nicaragua, 1850-1900"    
Journal of Latin American Studies 36, no. 1 (Feb. 2004): 57-83  [more...]

The Everyday Nation-State: Community and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua    
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007  [more...]

Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship (2009)    

Central American Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2008    

Fulbright Scholar Grant, 2005    

Tulane Honors Professors of the Year, 2004-2005    

Introduction to Latin American History (HISL 171)      [more...]

Narrating Race and Nation in Latin America (HISL 3720)      [more...]

Peasants, Rebellion and the State in Latin America (HISL 660)      [more...]

Modernity and Its Discontents in Latin America (HISL 661)      [more...]

U.S.-Latin American Relations (HISL 685/HISU 685)      [more...]

History of Central America (HISL 697)      [more...]

Race and Blackness from Empire to Nation    
This project explores the history of Blacks and blackness in Nicaragua from from the late-colonial period through the formation of the nation-state in the late-nineteenth century.

Justin Wolfe, Curriculum Vitae    
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Justin Wolfe's Personal Page    
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