Brian Bockelman

Brian Bockelman

Associate Professor of History, Chair of History Department
Office: East 312

  • Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest

Basic Information


  • A.B. in Religion, Dartmouth College
  • A.M. in History, Brown University
  • Ph.D. in History, Brown University

Courses Taught

  • HIS 268 Colonial Latin America: Conquerors, Rebels, and Slaves
  • HIS 270 Modernizing Latin America: Revolution and Reaction Since 1900
  • HIS 276 Latin America at the Movies: History and Film
  • HIS 299 History and Historians
  • HIS 375 United States and Latin America, 1776 to the Present
  • HIS 377 Dirty Wars in Latin America
  • HIS 281 World History I
  • HIS 282 World History II
  • HIS 480, 490 Senior Seminar
  • LAC 201 Introduction to Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Awards & Honors

  • Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2015-16
  • “Mapping Nature Across the Americas,” NEH Summer Institute, Newberry Library, 2014
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2014
  • Vanderwood Article Prize, Honorable Mention, 2012
  • ACM Faculty Development Grant, The University of Chicago, Winter–Spring 2013
  • ACM/Newberry Faculty Fellow, Newberry Library, 2012
  • President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Brown University, 2003
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellow, 1997-2001


  • “‘Down with the Palms of the Great Plaza!': Replanting the Seeds of Cultural Discord in Buenos Aires, c. 1883,” Fourth Annual Río de la Plata Workshop, College of William & Mary, March 2, 2013.
  • Review of Diego Armus, “The Ailing City: Health, Tuberculosis, and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870–1950,” in H-Net (August 2012)
  • Review of Matthew B. Karush and Oscar Chamosa, eds., “A New Cultural History of Peronism: Power and Identity in Mid-Twentieth Century Argentina,” in History: Reviews of New Books (April 2012)
  • “Along the Waterfront: Alejandro Malaspina, Fernando Brambila, and the Invention of the Buenos Aires Cityscape, c. 1794,” in Journal of Latin American Geography (Special Issue, Spring 2012)
  • Review of Adriana Bergero, “Intersecting Tango: Cultural Geographies of Buenos Aires, 1900-1930,” on H-Net (September 2011)
  • “Between the Gaucho and the Tango: Popular Songs and the Shifting Landscape of Modern Argentine Identity, 1895-1915,” in American Historical Review (June 2011)
  • “The Borderlands of Buenos Aires: Histories and Fictions of the Argentine Quinta, 1880-1930,” in Clio (Summer 2011)
  • Review of Nicola Miller, “Reinventing Modernity in Latin America: Intellectuals Imagine the Future, 1900-1930,” in Hispanic American Historical Review(February 2010)
  • “The Return of Pío Collivadino: An Argentine Master Painter Reinvents Himself,” in Ilja van den Broek, Dirk Jan Wolffram and Christianne Smit, eds., “Commitment and Imagination: Changes in the Perception of the Social Question” (2010)
  • “Evaristo Carriego: An Argentine Bohemian Discovers the Urban Fringe,” inBrújula: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Latin American Studies (2006)
  • Entries on “Gaucho” and “Fin de Siecle” in “Iberia and the Americas: Culture, Politics and History” (2005)

Areas of Interest

  • Latin American history
  • Modern Argentine intellectual and cultural history
  • Suburbs and slums in art, literature and film
  • Bohemian cultures outside Europe
  • The history of trees, especially palm trees, in the cities of the Americas
  • The activities of the Bertrand Russell International War Crimes Tribunal in the 1960s and 1970s