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Justin Wolfe
Associate Professor
504-862-8630
Hebert 205

Education

Ph.D., UCLA, 1999

Biography

Justin Wolfe is a William Arceneaux Professor of Latin American History and Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow. He specializes in Central America, particularly post-colonial social and cultural history. His research interest include nation-formation, race and ethnicity, and the African Diaspora.

Teaching Interests

While my research concentrates on Central America, my teaching ranges much more widely across the region and tackles diverse themes. I offer a number of courses that deal with race, nation, and identity from the late colonial period through to today. A long-standing interest in the relationship between economics and culture means that I also teach on economic history, peasant-state relations, and Latin America's engagements with modernization, modernity, and modernism.

Selected Publications

Books

 Between Race and Place

Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place (Durham: Duke University Press). Co-edited with Lowell Gudmundson.
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 Community and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua

 

The Everyday Nation-State: Community and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007)
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Articles and Book Chapters

"'The Cruel Whip': Race and Place in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua," in Blacks and Blackness in Central America: Between Race and Place, edited by Lowell Gudmundson and Justin Wolfe (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), 177-208.
"Soldiers and Statesmen: Race, Liberalism, and the Paradoxes of Afro-Nicaraguan Military Service, 1844-1863," in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America: Race, Nation, and Community During the Liberal Period edited by Nicola Foote and Rene D. Harder Horst (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2010), 42-58.

"Those That Live by the Work of Their Hands: Labour, Ethnicity and Nation-State Formation in Nicaragua, 1850-1900," Journal of Latin American Studies 36, no. 1 (Feb. 2004): 57-83

Others

"Rethinking Central America and the African Diaspora: Challenges and Strategies," a talk presented at DePaul University's Center for Black Diaspora Studies and recorded for WBEZ91.5 Chicago.

Fellowships and Awards

Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellowship, 2009

Central American Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, 2008

Fullbright Scholar Grant, 2005<

Tulane Honors Professor of the Year, 2004-2005

 

Projects

Race and Blackness from Empire to Nation
This project explores the history of Blacks and blackness in Nicaragua from the late-colonial period through the formation of the nation-state in the late-nineteenth century.