Dr Elena McGrath

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Dr Elena McGrath
BA [Reed College]; PhD [University of Wisconsin]
Stipendiary Fellow
Institute of Latin American Studies
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Research interests:
Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, Communities, Classes, Races, Contemporary History, Cultural memory, Digital resources, Gender studies, History, Human rights, Regional history
South America
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Elena McGrath received her PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin in October, 2016. Her doctoral thesis explored transformations in indigenous identity, gender relations, and class belonging in mining communities in Bolivia during the 20th Century. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Devil’s Bargains: The Limits of Worker Citizenship and Resource Nationalism in Bolivia, highlighting the struggles of workers and the state to reconcile nationalist development with the racial, cultural, and economic legacies of colonialism in the Andes.

Before joining the Institute of Latin American Studies, Elena taught modern Latin American History courses at the University of Wisconsin as well as thematic history seminars at Oakhill Prison in Oregon, WI. While at ILAS, Elena will be working on articles and edited book projects as well as organizing a conference on international solidarity and protest movements.

Spoken Written
Spanish Good Good
Other: Quechua (Basic)
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05-Dec-2016 Pre-Histories of Revolutionary Nationalism and the Welfare State: Corocoro, Bolivia (1918-1930)

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