Evan Fernández

Graduate Student

Latin America


I am a Ph.D. candidate interested in the transnational history of Latin America, particularly Chile and Peru, as part of the Pacific world. My dissertation explores the Chilean sodium nitrate (salitre) industry and the sale of nitrates to Japan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Chilean-Japanese commerce in nitrates fostered a multifaceted and significant trans-Pacific relationship between businessmen and diplomats in these two states. I am also working on a project concerning border disputes and inter-American relations in the early twentieth century.
 

Soy un estudiante en el programa de doctorado de la historia de América Latina en los siglos XIX y XX. Mi investigación se trata de los países Andinos, especialmente Chile y el Perú, como parte del mundo pacífico. En éste momento estoy trabajando en un proyecto sobre la industria del salitre Chileno en Japón. En esta época, la venta del salitre transpacífica fomentó relaciones comerciales y diplomáticas entre Chile y Japón. También estoy elaborando un proyecto acerca de las fronteras y las relaciones diplomáticas en las Américas al principio del siglo XX.


Research Interests

  • Latin America and the Pacific World
  • The Andes
  • Transnational history
  • Diplomacy
  • Migration


Awards and Fellowships

2020 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley Graduate Division

2019  James R. Scobie Award, Conference on Latin American History

2018  Tinker Field Research Grant, UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies


Publications and Presentations

2020 "We Have Seen the Curve of History and It Goes Up: An Evening of History and Humor with Isabel Allende." UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies Blog. 

2020 “'In the Interest of American Peace’: Pan-Americanism and the Definition of the Peruvian-Chilean Border, 1883-1929.” Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Conference, New Mexico State University (delayed due to COVID-19 outbreak)

2019 “The Tacna-Arica Border Dispute: Peru, Chile, and Pan-Americanism in the Interwar Period.” Columbia University, April 27

2019 “Race Beyond Borders: Japanese Migration to Chile, 1900-1950.” UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies, February 5

2018 “A Treaty of Divergence: Race and Geopolitics in Japanese Migration to Peru, 1924-1930.” Harvard University, March 22