I am a historian of revolution, identity, and natural resources in the Andes. Broadly, I am interested in the limits of inclusive citizenship as constructed by resource nationalist welfare states in Latin America during the last century, and my research looks at the interplay between material, cultural, and ideological foundations of belonging in such projects. My dissertation followed Bolivian miners and their families as they helped build the Revolution of 1952 and fought to keep the revolutionary consensus it was built upon viable over the next forty years. My book project, Devil's Bargains: The Limits of Worker Citizenship and Resource Nationalism in Bolivia, 1930-1985, will show how these struggles helped open up new spaces for political participation and economic advancement for indigenous workers but ultimately created new divisions between race and class over the course of the twentieth century.

  • Latin American History

MA Title:

  • "Reproducing the Nation: the Revolutionary Miner and the Bolivian State 1942-1992"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "Drinking and Dynamite: Revolution and Social Struggle in a Bolivian Mining Town, 1900-1992"


  • BA: Reed College 2006

Selected Publications:

  • "An 'Agonized Siege over a Roomful of Dynamite': Histories of Violence Between Miners and the Bolivian State" Latin American Diaries: Institute of Latin American Studies (September 26, 2016) View Website.

  • “Seduction and Power in Revolutionary Bolivia” Notches: (re)marks on the History of Sexuality (October 15, 2015) View Website.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Visiting Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies
  • School of Advanced Study University of London
  • UW Madison Center for Culture, History, and the Environment
  • Latin American Studies Association; American Historical Association

Courses Taught as TA:

  • History 441 - Revolution and Conflict in Latin America

Courses Taught as Instructor:

  • History 441 - Modern Latin America
  • Oakhill Prison Humanities Project History Seminar


Elena McGrath


Florencia E. Mallon, Steve J. Stern, and Francisco A. Scarano