I work on Modern Latin America, with an emphasis on intellectual history and US-Latin America relations. My research has focused primarily on Argentina, where I completed research on a Fulbright grant in 2014, and Chile. I am also working on a side project on Cuban and Spanish intellectuals in the context of 1898, and have a running interest in twentieth century Spanish political thought.
My dissertation "The Continent of Peace: Sovereignty, Empire and Internationalism in Latin America, 1914-1939 " explores the idea of sovereignty as it emerged in Latin America in the interwar period. In a world of empires and mandates, what was the place of sovereign, but dependent, republics? How were sovereignty and international order conceptualized in nations that faced, on the one hand, the imperatives of international dependency and, on the other, increasing demands for social and political justice at home? For the jurists, diplomats and intellectuals I examine (primarily from the Southern Cone and the Caribbean), the international defense of sovereignty became linked to a new vision of the national state as a vehicle for development and increasingly broad citizenship.
This project thus illuminates the critical tensions arising between sovereignty, internationalism and, increasingly, social and political rights in the interwar internationalist moment. It does so from the perspective of states existing at the edges of international society, seeking to illuminate the painful conundrums and compromises that characterized Latin America's search for sovereignty. The ideas I examine are compelling in their vision of a world free from domination between states. At the same time they are instructive in their ultimate failure to overcome elitism and a deep-seated suspicion of popular politics.
I received my B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2009, and my M.A. from Princeton in 2012. In 2015-16 I will be a Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellow at the Princeton University Center for Human Values.