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New Books in Latin American Studies Podcast by Marshall Poe

New Books in Latin American Studies Podcast

by Marshall Poe

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Interview with Scholars of Latin America about their New Books.


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Diana Kennedy, “Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul-Satisfying Food” (U of Texas Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 22, 2017


Diana Kennedy, Nothing Fancy: Recipes and Recollections of Soul-Satisfying Food (University of Texas Press, 2016). Don’t be misled by this title. Its author, Diana Kennedy, has written nine cookbooks and spent forty years researching, preserving, and protecting the cuisines…

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Allison E. Fagan, “From the Edge: Chicana/Chicano Border Literature and the Politics of Print” (Rutgers UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 24, 2017


What is a book? The answer, at first glance, may seem apparent: printed material consisting of a certain amount of pages. However, when a printed item goes under the scrutiny of readers, writers, editors, scholars, etc., the discussion gets complicated.…

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Petra R. Rivera-Rideau, “Remixing Reggaeton: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico” (Duke UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Apr 12, 2017


Puerto Rico is often depicted as a “racial democracy” in which a history of race mixture has produced a racially harmonious society. In Remixing Reggaeton: The Cultural Politics of Race in Puerto Rico (Duke University Press, 2015), Petra R. Rivera-Rideau

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Anne Eller, “We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom” (Duke UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Apr 12, 2017


In contrast to official narratives that reiterate claims about hostility between Haiti and Santo Domingo since the 19th century, Anne Eller‘s, We Dream Together: Dominican Independence, Haiti, and the Fight for Caribbean Freedom (Duke University Press, 2016) goes a…

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Gregory Mitchell, “Tourist Attractions: Performing Race and Masculinity in Brazil’s Sexual Economy” (U. Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 13, 2017


Moving through the saunas of Rio de Janeiro, the Amazonian eco-resorts of Manaus, and the Afro-Brazilian heritage of Bahia, Tourist Attractions: Performing Race and Masculinity in Brazils Sexual Economy (University of Chicago Press, 2015) explores sex as an epistemology –…

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Veronica Herrera, “Water and Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico” (U. Michigan Press, 2017)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 06, 2017


Veronica Herrera has written Water & Politics: Clientelism and Reform in Urban Mexico (University of Michigan Press, 2017). Herrera is assistant professor of political science at the University of Connecticut. What happens to the basic services of government after democratic…

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Matthew James Crawford, “The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in the Spanish Atlantic, 1630-1800” (U. Pittsburgh Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Feb 23, 2017


Matthew James Crawford’s new book is a fascinating history of an object that was central to the history of science, technology, and medicine in the early modern Spanish Atlantic world. The Andean Wonder Drug: Cinchona Bark and Imperial Science in

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Surekha Davies, “Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps, and Monsters” (Cambridge UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jan 12, 2017


You find a lot of strange things on late medieval and “Age of Discovery” era maps. Of course there are weird beasts of every sort: dragons, griffins, sea monsters, and sundry multi-headed predators. But you also find a lot of…

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Elizabeth Oglesby and Diane Nelson, “Guatemala: The Question of Genocide,” The Journal of Genocide Research” (Taylor and Frances, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 23, 2016


What difference can a trial make, really? In Guatemala: The Question of Genocide (Taylor and Frances, 2016), Elizabeth Obglesby and Diane Nelson start from this question to examine much more broadly the memory and politics of genocide in Guatemala. To…

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George T. Diaz, “Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande” (U. of Texas Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Nov 08, 2016


In Border Contraband: A History of Smuggling Across the Rio Grande (University of Texas Press, 2015) Professor George T. Diaz examines a subject that has received scant attention by historians, but one that is at the heart of contemporary debates…

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Mireya Loza, “Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom” (UNC Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 12, 2016


Mireya Loza’s Defiant Braceros How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual, and Political Freedom (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) sheds new light on the private lives of migrant men who participated in the Bracero Program (1942-1964), a binational agreement…

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Sam Quinones, “Dreamland: The True Tale of American’s Opiate Epidemic” (Bloomsbury Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Sep 08, 2016


In the early 2000s, the press–at least in Boston, where I was living at the time–was full of shrill stories about drug-crazed addicts breaking into area pharmacies in search of something called “Oxycontin.” I had no idea what Oxycontin was,…

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Peter Wade, et. al. “Mestizo Genomics: Race Mixture, Nation, and Science in Latin America (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Aug 02, 2016


Over the past quarter-century, scientists have been mapping and exploring the human genome to locate the genetic basis of disease and track the histories of populations across time and space. As part of this work, geneticists have formulated markers to…

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John Alba Cutler, “Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature” (Oxford UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 26, 2016


In Ends of Assimilation: The Formation of Chicano Literature (Oxford University Press, 2015), John Alba Cutler provides a literary history of Chicano/a literature that tracks the fields formation and evolution from the 1960s forward. The central focus of the book…

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Daryle Williams, “The Rio de Janeiro Reader: History, Culture, Politics” (Duke UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 10, 2016


Rio de Janeiro recently celebrated its 450th anniversary. Founded March, 1565, The Very Loyal and Heroic City of Saint Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro (the full title) is a cosmopolitan city with a fusion of indigenous, African, Asian, and European…

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Frank P. Barajas, “Curious Unions: Mexican American Workers and Resistance in Oxnard, California, 1898-1961” (U of Nebraska Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Apr 30, 2016


In Curious Unions: Mexican American Workers and Resistance in Oxnard, California, 1898-1961 (University of Nebraska Press, 2012) Dr. Frank P. Barajas details the central role of Mexican labor in the development of the agriculturally rich coastal plane located between Los…

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Alejandra Dubcovsky, “Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South” (Harvard UP, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Apr 26, 2016


Informed Power: Communication in the Early American South (Harvard University Press, 2016) maps the intricate, intersecting channels of information exchange in the early American South, exploring how people in the colonial world came into possession of vital knowledge in a…

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Phillip Penix-Tadsen, “Cultural Code: Video Games and Latin America” (MIT Press, 2016)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 14, 2016


Symbols have meanings that change depending upon the cultural context. But how do we discuss symbols, their meanings, and their cultural contexts without an adequate vocabulary?? Phillip Penix-Tadsen, assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Delaware and author…

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Geoffrey Baker, “El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela’s Youth” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Mar 02, 2016


El Sistema, the massive Venezuelan youth orchestra program, has been hailed in some quarters as the next big idea in music education (if not as the savior of classical music itself). Any who have found the press coverage of El…

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David Sartorius, “Ever Faithful: Race, Loyalty, and the Ends of Empire in Spanish Cuba” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Feb 22, 2016


David Sartorius‘s recent book Ever Faithful: Race, Loyalty, and the Ends of Empire in Spanish Cuba (Duke University Press, 2014), examines Cuban society in the nineteenth century, and the islanders’ proclamations of loyalty to the colony and to Spain.…

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Renata Keller, “Mexico’s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Feb 07, 2016


When former Mexican president Lazaro Cardenas traveled to Havana in 1959 to celebrate the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, he stood shoulder to shoulder with Fidel Castro in front of a crowd of thousands, providing the early sketches of an…

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Sarah Bowen, “Divided Spirits: Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production” (U of California Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Feb 06, 2016


In her new book,? Divided Spirits: Tequila, Mezcal, and the Politics of Production (University of California Press, 2015), Sarah Bowen presents the challenges and politics associated with the establishment of Denominations of Origin (DOs) for tequila and mezcal. On one…

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Michelle Chase, “Revolution Within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962” (UNC Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 03, 2016


This episode features Michelle Chase, who joins us to discuss her fascinating new book, Revolution Within the Revolution: Women and Gender Politics in Cuba, 1952-1962 (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). The book is a rich and nuanced history…

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Ulla Berg, “Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S.” (NYU Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Jan 18, 2016


Ulla Berg’s new book Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S. (New York University Press, 2015) highlights the deeply historical and central role of migration as a strategy for social mobility, as well as its affect…

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Neil Roberts, “Freedom as Marronage” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 18, 2015


What does it mean to be free? How can paying attention to the relationship between freedom and slavery help construct a concept and practice of freedom that is “perpetual, unfinished, and rooted in acts of flight” (181)? In his book…

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Julie M. Weise, “Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South Since 1910” (UNC Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 17, 2015


Julie M. Weise‘s new book Corazon de Dixie: Mexicanos in the U.S. South Since 1910 (UNC Press, 2015) is the first book to comprehensively document Mexicans’ and Mexican Americans’ long history of migration to the U.S. South. It recounts…

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Arlene Davila, “Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People” (U California Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 11, 2015


In Latinos Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People (University of California Press, updated ed. 2012) Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology at New York University, questions the profound influence of the Hispanic-Latina/o marketing industry in defining notions of…

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Yarimar Bonilla, “Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of Disenchantment” (U of Chicago Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 10, 2015


As overseas departments of France, the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique are frequently described as anomalies within the postcolonial Caribbean. Yet in reality, as Yarimar Bonilla argues in her new book Non-Sovereign Futures: French Caribbean Politics in the Wake of

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Angelique V. Nixon, “Resisting Paradise: Tourism, Diaspora, and Sexuality in Caribbean Culture” (U Press of Mississippi, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Dec 02, 2015


It’s easy to conjure images of paradise when thinking of the Caribbean. The region is know for its lovely beaches, temperate weather, and gorgeous landscapes. For the people who live there, however, living in paradise means dealing with tourists, inequality,…

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Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt, “To Defend the Revolution is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of The Cuban Revolution” (PM Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Dec 01, 2015


What are the alternatives to the current neo-liberal cultural settlement prevailing in much of the global north? In To Defend the Revolution is to Defend Culture: The Cultural Policy of The Cuban Revolution (PM Press, 2015), Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

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Edmund Hamann, et al., “Revisiting Education in the New Latino Diaspora” (Information Age, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Dr. Edmund Hamann, Dr. Stanton Wortham, Dr. Enrique G. Murillo (Eds.) have provided a fascinating and expansive volume on Latino education in the US that features an array of scholars from around the world, entitled Revisiting Education in

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Ruben Flores, “Backroads Pragmatists: Mexico’s Melting Pot and Civil Rights in the United States” (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


Ruben Flores is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas. His book Backroads Pragmatists: Mexico’s Melting Pot and Civil Rights in the United States (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) is the winner of the 2015 book…

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Sonia Song-Ha Lee, “Building A Latino Civil Rights Movement” (UNC Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


In Building A Latino Civil Rights Movement: Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and the Pursuit of Racial Justice in New York City (UNC Press, 2014), Assistant Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis Sonia Song-Ha Lee challenges two common…

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Jason McGraw, “The Work of Recognition: Caribbean Colombia and the Postemancipation Struggle for Citizenship” (UNC Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 20, 2015


In the 1850s, when the majority of the population of Colombia (known then as New Granada) embraced the emancipation of the remaining 17,000 people still enslaved, the lettered elite quickly tied emancipation to emerging ideas of universal citizenship in the…

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Juanita De Barros, “Reproducing the British Caribbean: Sex, Gender, and Population Politics after Slavery” (UNC Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Oct 06, 2015


As slavery came to an end in the Caribbean’s British colonies, officials and local reformers began to worry about how and whether they would convince their newly freed workforce to continue working. More specifically, they worried about underpopulation, and whether…

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Ilan Stavans and Jorge J. E. Garcia, “Thirteen Ways of Looking At Latino Art” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 30, 2015


As demographic trends continue to mark the so-called “Latinization” of the U.S., pundits across various media outlets struggle to understand the economic, cultural, and political implications of this reality. In popular discourse, Latinoas/os are often referred to as a monolithic…

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Gregory O’Malley, “Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807” (UNC Press for the Omohundro Institute, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Sep 26, 2015


Gregory E. O’Malley examines a crucial, but almost universally overlooked, aspect of the African slave trade in his new book Final Passages: The Intercolonial Slave Trade of British America, 1619-1807 (University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute, 2014).…

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Roberto Lint Sagarena, “Aztlan and Arcadia: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Creation of Place” (NYU Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 23, 2015


The (re)making of place has composed an essential aspect of Southern California history from the era of Spanish colonialism to the present. In Aztlan and Arcadia: Religion, Ethnicity, and the Creation of Place (NYU Press, 2014) Associate Professor of American…

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Jenny Shaw, “Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference” (U of Georgia Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Sep 23, 2015


Jenny Shaw‘s recent book Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean: Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference (University of Georgia Press, 2013) analyzes how social, religious, and ethnic categories operated in Barbados and the Leeward Islands. She documents…

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Brett Hendrickson, “Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo” (NYU Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Sep 17, 2015


Mexican American religious healing – often called curanderismo – is a vital component of life in the US-Mexican borderlands. In his book Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo (New York University Press, 2014) – Brett Hendrickson tracks…

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Deborah R. Vargas, “Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music: The Limits of La Onda” (U of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Sep 14, 2015


In her transformative text Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Gloria Anzaldua referred to the U.S.-Mexico border region as “una herida abierta (an open wound) where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms…

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Louis A Perez Jr, “The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past” (U of North Carolina Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Aug 30, 2015


Cuba is changing fast. Or is it? Our understandings of Cuban history are shaped by decades of polarized interpretations. Cubans themselves have a particularly vital relationship to their past, and have long used it to guide them in times of…

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Laura Isabel Serna, “Making Cinelandia: American Films and Mexican Film Culture Before the Golden Age” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 17, 2015


During the early decades of the 20thcentury the nation of Mexico entered the modern era through a series of social, political, and economic transformations spurred by the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920. At the same time, American film companies increasingly sought…

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William LeoGrande and Peter Kornbluh, “Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana” (UNC Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Jul 24, 2015


In December 2014, Cuba and the United States announced their renewed efforts to normalize relations. Diplomatic ties were severed in 1961 following the rise of Fidel Castro and the intensification during the Cold War. An economic and intellectual embargo was…

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Megan Threlkeld, “Pan-American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico” (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jul 21, 2015


Megan Threlkeld is an associate professor of history at Denison University. Her book Pan-American Women: U.S. Internationalists and Revolutionary Mexico (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) provides a rich transnational examination of the years following World War I and American women…

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Carlos Kevin Blanton, “George I. Sanchez: The Long Fight for Mexican American Integration” (Yale UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jul 12, 2015


Although the designation now applies to American citizens of Mexican ethnicity writ large, the term Mexican American (hyphenated or not) also refers to the rising generation of ethnic Mexicans born and raised in the U.S. that came into adulthood during…

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Ada Ferrer, “Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution” (Cambridge UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jul 09, 2015


When the Haitian Revolution abolished slavery in Haiti and established its independence from France, it affected surrounding colonies in profound and unexpected ways. Ada Ferrer‘s new book Freedom’s Mirror: Cuba and Haiti in the Age of Revolution (Cambridge University…

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Alejandro Velasco, “Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela” (U of California Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 28, 2015


In the mid-1950s, Venezuela’s military government razed a massive slum settlement in the heart of Caracas and replaced it with what was at the time one of Latin America’s largest public housing projects. When the dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez was…

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Geraldo L. Cadava, “Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland” (Harvard UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Jun 14, 2015


Due in large part to sensationalist representations in contemporary media and politics, the U.S.-Mexico border is popularly understood as a space of illegal activity defined by threats of foreign intrusion including: undocumented migration, drug trafficking, and national security risks. Viewed…

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Rory Carroll, “Comandante: Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela” (Penguin Books, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 09, 2015


Historically, Venezuela is known as one of the most stable Latin American nations of the twentieth? century. The subsequent discovery of oil transformed Venezuela into a petrostate. Yet wealth inequality dramatically increased. Against this economic and social disparity, Hugo Chavez…

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Kevin O’Neill, “Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala” (U of California Press, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 02, 2015


Kevin O’Neill‘s fascinating book Secure the Soul: Christian Piety and Gang Prevention in Guatemala (University of California Press, 2015) traces the efforts of multi-million dollar programs aimed at state security through gang prevention in Guatemala. O’Neill is most interested…

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Miriam Pawel, “The Crusades of Cesar Chavez” (Bloomsbury Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 29, 2015


Cesar Chavez founded a labor union. Launched a movement. And inspired a generation. Two Decades after his death, Chavez remains the most significant Latino figure in U.S. history.” So reads the inside flap ofMiriam Pawel’s new biography The Crusades

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Barbara Weinstein, “The Color of Modernity: Sao Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil” (Duke UP, 2015)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, May 18, 2015


Brazilian society is rife with inequality. In her brilliant new book? The Color of Modernity: Sao Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil (Duke University Press, 2015), Barbara Weinstein argues that one of the sources of enduring…

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Alexander Avina, “Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside” (Oxford UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, May 12, 2015


Since September 2014, much of Mexico has been gripped by the story of the Ayotzinapa kidnappings – the mass abduction of 43 rural schoolteachers in Iguala in the state of Guerrero. The tragic disappearance of the students has raised questions…

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Rebecca Earle, “The Body of the Conquistador” (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, May 06, 2015


Rebecca Earle‘s recent book The Body of the Conquistador: Food, Race and the Colonial Experience in Spanish America (Cambridge University Press, 2012) investigates the importance of food during the first two centuries of Spanish imperialism in the Americas. She…

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Ana Marcia Ochoa Gautier, “Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 17, 2015


Beyond what people say, what their voices sound like matters. Voice, as Ana Marcia Ochoa Gautier argues in this marvelous new book Aurality: Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth Century Colombia(Duke University Press, 2014), was embedded in 19th-century conversations and…

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Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, “New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 23, 2015


Riots, audiences on stage, fabulous costumes, gripping stories. That’s what theater was like in the Atlantic world in the age of slavery and colonialism. Elizabeth Maddock Dillon wonderful book New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849

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Edward Telles and PERLA, “Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race and Color in Latin America” (UNC Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 09, 2015


How do race, ethnicity and appearance work on Latin America? Edward Telles‘ and the Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America‘s (PERLA) new book Pigmentocracies: Ethnicity, Race and Color in Latin America (UNC Press, 2014) shatters the…

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Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, “La Belle Creole” (Chicago Review Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Feb 18, 2015


One of the fundamental functions of biography is the preservation of stories. But it also acts to resurrect the stories that may have fallen from view, reinvigorating the tales of people who, with the passage of time, have become merely…

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Erik Ching, “Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Origins of the Military Regimes, 1880-1940,” (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Feb 03, 2015


During the 20th century, El Salvador suffered from one of the longest periods of military rule and political domination in the Americas, beginning with the 1931 coup against the democratically-elected Arturo Aurajo, and culminating in a bloody civil war that…

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Charles F. Walker, “The Tupac Amaru Rebellion” (Harvard UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Dec 23, 2014


Charles F. Walker‘s book The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard University Press, 2014) charts the rise, fall, and legacy of a massive uprising in colonial Peru.?  Indigenous societies in the Andes labored under heavy taxes, tributes, and discrimination imposed by…

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Alex Nading, “Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health and the Politics of Entanglement” (University of California Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Dec 18, 2014


Dengue fever is on the rise globally. Since it is transmitted by mosquitoes which reside and reproduce in human environments, eradication efforts involve households and the people who keep them clean as well as moral and persuasive campaigns of surveillance…

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Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-Linan, “Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall” (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Dec 15, 2014


Scott Mainwaring and Anibal Perez-Linan are the authors of Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Mainwaring is the Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame.…

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Lyman Johnson, “Workshop of Revolution: Plebian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810” (Duke UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Dec 13, 2014


Lyman Johnson‘s book Workshop of Revolution: Plebian Buenos Aires and the Atlantic World, 1776-1810 (Duke University Press, 2011) analyzes the economic, political, and social lives of working people in Argentina’s colonial capital.?  Johnson traces the economic challenges facing plebian…

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Kathleen Lopez, “Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History” (UNC Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Nov 21, 2014


Successive waves of migration brought thousands of Chinese laborers to Cuba over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The coolie trade, which was meant to replace waning supplies of slaves, was but the first. In the twentieth century, a sugar boom…

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Caterina Pizzigoni, “The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico’s Toluca Valley, 1650-1800” (Stanford UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


Caterina Pizzigoni’s book The Life Within: Local Indigenous Society in Mexico’s Toluca Valley, 1650-1800 (Stanford University Press, 2012) provides a close examination of indigenous society in central Mexico. Analyzing more than 200 testamentary documents, Pizzigoni chronicles what Nahua homes looked…

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Kirsten Weld, “Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


Kirsten Weld‘s book Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (Duke University Press, 2014)? tells the story of the 2005 discovery of a vast police archive in Guatemala. Officials had long denied that it existed, and for good…

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Marcia Ochoa, “Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela” (Duke UP, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Marcia Ochoa‘s book Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela (Duke University Press, 2014) is a detailed ethnography of Venezuelan modernity and nationhood that brings two kinds of feminine performances into the…

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Gregory Weeks, “Understanding Latin American Politics” (Pearson, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Wed, Oct 08, 2014


What factors compel Central American residents to flee their home countries and head to the United States? What do national elections in Latin America mean, and why should the U.S. be concerned? Which Latin American nations are emerging international powers?…

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Roger Kittleson, “The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil” (University of California Press, 2014) and Joshua Nadel, “F????tbol! Why Soccer Matters in Latin America” (University Press of Florida, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 24, 2014


Passion. Flair. Instinct. Improvisation. As the World Cup advances to the knockout stage, you’ll hear these terms associated with the football styles of Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico rather than those of Belgium and Germany. As historians Roger Kittleson and Joshua

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Omar Valerio-Jimenez, “River of Hope: Forging Identity and Nation in the Rio Grande Borderlands” (Duke UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Historically speaking, who you were depended on who your rulers were and the ethnic identity (including language, religion, and folkways) of “your” people. In the era of nation-states–that is, our era–these two characteristics have, for most people, been fused. Ethnic…

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Cymene Howe, “Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua” (Duke UP, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jun 10, 2014


With Intimate Activism: The Struggle for Sexual Rights in Postrevolutionary Nicaragua (Duke University Press, 2013), Cymene Howe offers an ethnography of activism. Woven into Nicaragua’s political history of revolution and U.S. intervention, the struggle for sexual rights there takes place…

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David Nemer, “Favela Digital: The Other Side of Technology” (GSA Editora e Grafica, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Jun 05, 2014


Inherently problematic in most mainstream discussions of the impact of technology is the dominant western or global northern perspective. In this way, the impact of technology on societies in developing countries, the impact of these societies on technology, and how…

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Daniel Altschuler and Javier Corrales, “The Promise of Participation” (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Apr 21, 2014


Daniel Altschuler and Javier Corrales are the authors of The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2014). Altschuler is a visiting scholar at the New School for Public Engagement, while Corrales is professor of…

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Jason Ruiz, “Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire” (University of Texas Press, 2014)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Apr 11, 2014


In Americans in the Treasure House: Travel to Porfirian Mexico and the Cultural Politics of Empire (University of Texas Press, 2014), Jason Ruiz explores the role of a distinct group of actors in the relationship between the United States and…

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Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit (Oxford UP, 2011)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Mar 17, 2014


I have a colleague at Newman who takes students to Guatemala every summer. ? Since I arrived she’s encouraged me to join her. ? I would stay with the order of sisters who sponsor our university. I’d learn at least a few…

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Jose Angel Hernandez, “Mexican American Colonization during the Nineteenth Century” (Cambridge UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 06, 2014


Americans talk a lot about the flow of Mexican immigrants across their southern border. To some that flow is seen as patently illegal and dangerous. To others it’s seen as unstoppable and essential for the functioning of the U.S. economy.…

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Thomas H. Guthrie, “Recognizing Heritage: the Politics of Multiculturalism in New Mexico” (University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Feb 20, 2014


New Mexico is a cultural borderland, marked by the interaction of Indian, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American peoples over the past four hundred years. The question of how to commemorate this history and promote the traditions that arose from it is…

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Eduardo Kohn, “How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human” (University of California Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sun, Feb 09, 2014


When you open Eduardo Kohn‘s How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human (University of California Press, 2013), you are entering a forest of dreams: the dreams of dogs and men, dreams about policemen and peccaries, dreams prophetic…

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Erica Cusi Wortham, “Indigenous Media in Mexico: Culture, Community, and the State” (Duke University Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jan 14, 2014


Videography is a powerful tool for recording and representing aspects of human society and culture, and anthropologists have long used – and debated the use of – video as a tool to study indigenous and traditional peoples. Indigenous people themselves,…

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Scott Ickes, “African-Brazilian Culture and Regional Identity in Bahia, Brazil” (University Press of Florida, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Sat, Dec 07, 2013


From the sounds of Samba to the spectacles of Carnival, Afro-Brazilian traditions are today seen as emblematic of Brazil and especially of Salvador de Bahia, the northeastern city where many Afro-Brazilian cultural traditions were first established. Salvador’s present status as…

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Ioan Grillo, “El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency” (Bloomsbury, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 19, 2013


Today I spoke to Ioan Grillo about his book El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency (Bloomsbury, 2012). This book is an excellent introduction to the state of conflict between drug cartels themselves, the government and the Mexican community. This is…

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Ron Schmidt (et al.), “Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders: Immigrants and the American Racial Politics in the Early 21st Century” (University of Michigan Press, 2013)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Aug 05, 2013


Ron Schmidt is the co-author (with Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Andrew L. Aoki, and Rodney Hero) of Newcomers, Outsiders, and Insiders: Immigrants and the American Racial Politics in the Early 21st Century (University of Michigan Press, 2013). Schmidt is professor of…

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Lance R. Blyth, “Chiricahua and Janos: Communities of Violence in the Southwestern Borderlands, 1680-1880” (Nebraska UP, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, May 02, 2013


Most people today think of war–or really violence of any sort–as for the most part useless. It’s better, we say, just to talk things out or perhaps buy our enemies off. And that usually works. But what if you lived…

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Paul Kan, “Cartels at War: Mexico’s Drug-Fueled Violence and the Threat to US National Security” (Potomac Books, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Thu, Mar 07, 2013


The violence in Mexico is receiving a lot of media attention internationally. Paul Rexton Kan has produced a book that provides us with a comprehensive and comprehendible introduction to the background to the conflict and its effects. Cartels at War:

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Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin, “El Iluminado: A Graphic Novel” (Basic Books, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Dec 14, 2012


Are you looking for a good Hanukkah gift? A good Christmas gift? Heck, any gift? Or maybe you just want to read a terrific book? Well I’ve got just the ticket: Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin‘s, El Iluminado: A

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Daniela Bleichmar, “Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment” (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Nov 26, 2012


Daniela Bleichmar‘s new book is a story about 12,000 images. In Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2012), Bleichmar uses this vast (and gorgeous) archive of botanical images assembled by…

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Isaac Campos, “Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs” (UNC Press, 2012)

Author: Marshall Poe
Tue, Jul 31, 2012


Isaac Campos is the author of Home Grown: Marijuana and the Origins of Mexico’s War on Drugs (University of North Carolina Press, 2012). Campos is an assistant professor of history at the University of Cincinnati. His book traces the intellectual…

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Ethelia Ruiz Medrano, “Mexico’s Indigenous Communities: Their Lands and Histories, 1500-2010” (University of Colorado Press, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Mon, Oct 17, 2011


In my work with pre-Hispanic and colonial Mexican pictorial texts, I often wish I could talk with the people who authored them. In the academic setting, sometimes we forget that these documents represent conversations about what was happening in the…

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Joel Wolfe, “Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity” (Oxford UP, 2010)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Mar 19, 2010


Here’s something I learned by reading Joel Wolfe’s terrific Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity (Oxford, 2010): the United States and Brazil have a lot in common. Both hived off European empires; both struggled with slavery and its…

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William Beezley, “Mexicans in Revolution, 1910-1946” (University of Nebraska Press, 2009)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, May 08, 2009


It’s shocking and embarrassing how little I, as an American, know about Mexican history. Mexico shares a 2,000 mile long border with the United States. Mexico is America’s third largest trading partner (behind Canada–about which I also know nothing–and China).…

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William Beezley, “Mexican National Identity: Memory, Innuendo and Popular Culture” (University of Arizona Press, 2008)

Author: Marshall Poe
Fri, Aug 01, 2008


The question of how we come to understand who we are–nationality-wise–is a thorny one. In a widely-read book, Benedict Anderson said we got nationality, inter alia, by reading about it in books. William Beezley‘s got a different, though…

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