• Basic Information
  • Awards & Honors
  • Publications
  • Areas of Interest
  • Presentations
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Brian Bockelman

Associate Professor of History, Chair of History Department

[email protected]
Office: East 312

Basic Information


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

Courses Taught

  • HIS 101 Introduction to the Study of History
  • HIS 268 Colonial Latin America: Conquerors, Rebels, and Slaves, 1400-1700
  • HIS 269 How Latin America Fell Behind: War & Upheaval, 1700-1900
  • 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 288 Soccer in World History: Between Nationalism & Globalization
  • HIS/ART 383 Mapping the World: Art & History
  • HIS 590 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


Selected articles and book chapters

  • “Buenos Aires Bohème: Argentina and the Transatlantic Bohemian Renaissance, 1890-1910,” in Modernism/Modernity (January 2016)
  • “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)
  • “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)
  • “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,” in Brújula: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Latin American Studies (2006)

Recent Reviews

  • "José Antonio Sánchez Román, Taxation and Society in Twentieth-Century Argentina,” in Hispanic American Historical Review 93: 3 (August 2013), 516–517.
  • “More Than Just a Disease: Buenos Aires in the Age of Tuberculosis: Diego Armus, The Ailing City: Health, Tuberculosis, and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870–1950,” in H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online (August 2012).
  • “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 40: 2 (April 2012), 47–48.

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
  • Culture, art, and history of landscape
  • History of cartography
  • The activities of the Bertrand Russell International War Crimes Tribunal in the 1960s and 1970s


Recent Presentations

  • “‘Poor Palms’ and Petty Politicos: The Role and Forms of Satire in the Argentine Plaza Palms Crisis of 1883,” Mocking the Status Quo: Sociopolitical Humor and Satire in Latin America, Dickinson College, November 5, 2016.
  • “Whose Paris of Latin America? Rethinking the Influence of the ‘Capital of the Nineteenth Century’ across the Atlantic, 1870–1930,” Eighth Biennial Conference, Urban History Association, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, October 14, 2016.
  • “The Alvear Century: The Rise of Torcuato de Alvear, ‘Lord Mayor’ of Buenos Aires, 1780-1880,” Seventh Annual Río de la Plata Workshop, College of William & Mary, February 27, 2016.
  • “Trees for a Treeless City: How Non-Native Palms Ended up in Argentina’s Redesigned Plaza de Mayo, c. 1883,” Seventh Biennial Urban History Conference, Urban History Assocation, University of Pennsylvania, October 10, 2014.