Rebecca Herman

Assistant Professor
Office Hours: 
On Leave for Spring 2017
2307 Dwinelle
(510) 642-1156

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley         

M.A., University of California, Berkeley                                                                         

B.A., Duke University 

Curriculum Vitae: 
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.  An active scholar in the growing subfield of "Latin America in the World," her work explores the intersections between international and domestic politics in the Americas in the twentieth century.

She is currently working on her first book, a social and political history of “cooperation in security” between Latin America and the United States that is centered on the pivotal experience of U.S. military basing in Latin America during World War II.  Focusing on Brazil, Cuba, and Panama, Herman finds that though Latin American sovereignty was preserved in principle in cooperative diplomatic agreements, 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 ordinary Latin Americans. 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, military power and domestic politics in Latin America.

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.



Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, 2015 - present

Assistant Professor of International Studies and Latin American Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, 2014-2015


Selected Awards and Fellowships

Lewis Hanke Postdoctoral Award, Honorable Mention, Conference on Latin American History, 2015

William Appleman Williams Junior Faculty Award, Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2014

John L. Simpson Memorial Research Fellowship in International and Comparative Studies, Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley, 2013

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (SSRC-IDRF), 2012

CLIR-Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, Council on Library and Information Resources, 2012

Stuart L. Bernath Dissertation Research Fellowship, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2012

Aviation Space Writers Foundation Award, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, 2012

UC-Cuba Academic Initiative Research Grant, 2012

Tinker Foundation Field Research Grant for Research in Latin America, 2011

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, Rio de Janeiro, 2010

Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, 2008

Benenson Award in the Arts, 2005


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Fall 2017 8B Modern Latin America
Spring 2016 8B Modern Latin America
Fall 2015 280E Latin America in the World