Rebecca Herman

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
Tuesday, 12:30–2:30 p.m. (Fall 2017)
2307 Dwinelle
(510) 642-1156

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley         

M.A., University of California, Berkeley                                                                         

B.A., Duke University 

Extended Faculty Field: 
Modern Latin America, especially Brazil, Argentina, Cuba and Panama; U.S.-Latin American Relations; Latin America in the World
Research Interests: 

Rebecca Herman is a historian of modern Latin America.  Her research and writing examine Latin American history in a global context.  She is currently working on her first book, a social and political history of security cooperation in the Americas that is centered on the pivotal experience of U.S. military basing in Latin America during World War II. During the war, Latin American sovereignty was preserved in principle in diplomatic agreements, but local events in courtrooms, on picket lines, outside of U.S.O. clubs and inside red light districts precipitated debates over the practical meaning of sovereignty in the everyday lives of Latin Americans.  Focusing on Brazil, Cuba and Panama, her book examines the consequences of security cooperation in the realms of labor, race, gender and law.  Latin American leaders’ efforts to resolve local conflicts on the international stage illuminate larger transformations that took place during the war in the relationship between international aid and domestic politics that would have enduring consequences in Latin America and around the globe.

Prior to entering academia, Herman spent several years in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Brazil working as a freelance translator, researcher and documentarian. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, Herman was Assistant Professor of International Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.  She has received fellowships and awards from the Mellon Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the Social Science Research Council, and the Council on Library and Information Resources, among others. She received her Ph.D. from Berkeley and her B.A. from Duke.






Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2018 100E US-Latin American Relations
Fall 2017 275E.001 Modern Latin America: History and Historiography
Fall 2017 8B Modern Latin America
Spring 2016 8B Modern Latin America
Fall 2015 280E Latin America in the World