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Dr Christine Mathias

Dr Christine Mathias

Mathias_ChristineLecturer in Modern Latin American History

Tel  +44 (0) 20 7848 7581 

Email christine.mathias@kcl.ac.uk

Address S8.22, Department of History
King's College London
Strand
London, WC2R 2LS

Biography

Christine Mathias joined the department in 2015 as a lecturer in Modern Latin American History. Previously she studied at Yale University, where she received her B.A. and M.A., summa cum laude with Honors in History, in 2007, her M.Phil. in History in 2011, and her Ph.D. in History in 2015. 

Her research has been supported by the Philanthropic Educational Organization, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the Fulbright Program. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Modern Latin America
  • Comparative Frontiers and Borderlands
  • Indigenous History

Christine Mathias’s research and teaching promote historical thinking both across and about national borders. Currently, she is working on a book
manuscript that will provide the first comprehensive history of efforts by
Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay to conquer an isolated South American
borderland known as the Gran Chaco. Decades of conflict among three nation-states and a diverse array of indigenous groups produced new political subjects: indigenous leaders, known as caciques, who played decisive roles in local and national histories. The book argues for an alternative approach to the history of frontiers and borderlands that traces the emergence of new forms of indigenous leadership and citizenship.

Christine is also writing an article about the circulation of racist and xenophobic ideas in the Mexican border town of Cananea, and developing a  new project on the international investments of the gun-maker Samuel Colt.

Christine welcomes PhD applications from research students working on any area of modern Latin American history, including those interested in nation-state formation, political violence, and borderlands history.

Selected publications

 “¿Peronismo indígena? La construcción de un nuevo sujeto político en el Chaco argentino (1943- 1955).” Revista Estudios del ISHiR 3, 7 (2013). http://www.revista.ishir- conicet.gov.ar/index.php/revistaISHIR/article/view/288.

“Learning from Latin America.” The Future of the Discipline: A Special 50th Anniversary Forum, guest edited by Lynn Hunt. Perspectives on History 50, 9 (December 2012): 50-51.

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