Political and Social Histories in Latin America

Project Lead: Robert Karl

Robert Karl Robert Karl works on modern Latin American history, with a focus on relations between states and citizens in the twentieth century. His research concentrates on the political history of mid-twentieth century Colombia, particularly practices of peace and violence. His current book manuscript, “Colombia’s Forgotten Peace: Improvising Reform in the Era of the Cold War,” looks at the politics of security and property in central Colombia between 1957 and 1966, a “revolutionary” conjuncture for Colombia and the rest of Latin America. The manuscript additionally considers the meanings of the “cold war” at the start of the 1960s, including the origins of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia).

Karl's other research and teaching interests include U.S.-Latin American relations, international history, and the application of GIS and other approaches in the digital humanities. He is currently assembling several databases on violence, land disputes, and frontier land titling in twentieth-century Colombia.