Rebecca Herman

Assistant Professor


My research and writing examine modern Latin American history in a global context.

My first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, reconstructs the history of U.S. military basing in Latin America during World War II – through high diplomacy and on-the-ground examinations of race, labor, sex and law – to reveal the origins and impact of inter-American “security cooperation” on domestic and international politics in the region. I have also authored past and forthcoming articles and book chapters on the global politics of anti-racism, the Cuban literacy campaign, the Brazilian labor justice system, and U.S.-Latin American relations. 

I am currently working on a new book project on Antarctica, Latin America and the World.

Prior to entering academia, I spent several years in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Brazil working as a freelance translator, researcher and documentarian. Before joining the faculty at Berkeley, I was Assistant Professor of International Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. I have 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.

I received my Ph.D. in History from Berkeley and my B.A. in Literature and History from Duke.

Publications

"The Global Politics of Anti-Racism: A View from the Canal Zone" American Historical Review Volume 125, Issue 2, April 2020.

"A Paz Social em tempo de guerra: Justiça do Trabalho e política externa no Brasil na Segunda Guerra Mundial" in Trabalho & Labor: Histórias Compartilhadas Brasil e Estados Unidos Século XX, ed. Fernando Teixiera da Silva e Alexandre Fortes (Editora Sagga, 2020)

"An Army of Educators: Gender, Revolution and the Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961" Gender & History Volume 24, Issue 1, April 2012.


Education

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

MA, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Duke University


Fields

Modern Latin America, especially Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba and Panama; U.S.-Latin American Relations; Latin America in the World; Environmental history; International history

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Contact

2307 Dwinelle Hall

rebeccaherman@berkeley.edu

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