My research and teaching focuses on Latin American history, with particular focus on the intersection of rural and political history. Currently, my dissertation traces the history of the Itaipu hydroelectric dam to explore the meanings of land and political mobilization during Brazil's military regime. I argue that because rural experiences with violence, inequality, and protest do not fit neatly into a dichotomy of dictatorship and democracy, a rural perspective upends standard chronologies of modern Latin America. My approach to environmental history centers on the material and social implications of how different groups perceive nature and the landscapes in which they live and work.

  • Latin American History, Environmental History

MA Title:

  • "The Price of Peace: Land and Social Mobilization in Parana, 1978-1984"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "The Price of Peace: Itaipu and the Meanings of Land in Brazil, 1957-1984"


  • BA: summa cum Laude, University of California-San Diego, 2010

Selected Publications:

  • Beyond Borderlands: New Histories of the Triple Frontier, 1600-2000. Jacob Blanc and Frederico Freitas (eds). Submitted to the University of Arizona Press

  • “Itaipu’s Forgotten History: the 1965 Brazil-Paraguay Border Crisis and the New Geopolitics of the Southern Cone.” The Journal of Latin American Studies. Accepted for publication, forthcoming 2017.

  • “The Last Political Prisoner: Juvêncio Mazzarollo and the Twilight of Brazil’s Dictatorship.” Luso-Brazilian Review 53:1, (June, 2016): 153-178.

  • “Enclaves of Inequality: Brasiguaios and the Transformation of the Brazil- Paraguay Borderlands.” The Journal of Peasant Studies 42:1 (January, 2015): 145-158.


  • Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)
  • Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA)
  • American Association of Portuguese Studies (APSA)

Courses Taught as TA:

  • History 125 - Green Screen: Environmental Perspectives Through Film.
    Prof. Gregg Mitman. Fall 2015
  • History 441 - Revolution and Conflict in Latin America.
    Prof. Florencia Mallon. Spring 2016

Jacob Blanc

Jacob Blanc

Steve J. Stern and Florencia E. Mallon