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Juandrea Bates

M.A. in History, University of Texas at Austin

Juandrea Bates



Juandrea Bates attended the State College of New York at Oneonta and majored in History and African and Latino Studies. She served as a Gilder Lehrman Summer Fellow in the summer of 2005 and graduated from SUNY-Oneonta in 2006.

She began working towards her PhD in Latin American History at The University of Texas at Austin in 2006. In 2009, she was awarded a Mellon Dissertation Grant in Original Sources and she is now in Buenos Aires researching her dissertation titled: Raising Argentina: Family Childhood and Social Reproduction in Buenos Aires 1871-1930.

She is interested in exploring the social and cultural processes through-which class is passed down through generations. Her current research explores how these processes of social reproduction occurred within immigrant communities in Buenos Aires between 1871 and 1930. The project also investigates  the intersections between socio-cultural constructions of family and childhood and Argentina's medico-legal state.


Colonial and Modern Latin American History, particularly Argentina. Family and Childhood in the Americas. Gender, Urban History. Processes of modernization and globalization.

HIS 363K • City In Latin Amer Hist & Cul

39677 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 224
(also listed as LAS 366 )
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The beaches and favelas of Rio de Janeiro. The lawlessness of Mexico City. The Parisian cafes and wide boulevards of Buenos Aires. The Inca roots of Cuzco. The street children of Port au Prince. Images of Latin American cities have captivated the world for centuries. Building on the work of urban and cultural historians, this course investigates “the city's” contributions to Latin American history, culture and development. It explores the changing ways that urbanites, male and female, poor and rich, native born and immigrant, experienced “city life” from pre-colombian civilizations to the present. It plays special to how categories of race, class and gender were created, augmented or contested through urban spaces. It explores the way cities and their inhabitants have been imagined in Latin America and how this has impacted the way that urbanites haves interacted with their governments and been understood by the world. Finally, it provides an interpretive frameworks for understanding the various ways that urban spaces take on cultural meanings and shape social experiences.

The course thematically surveys several “cultural moments” from the colonial era to the late 20th century through the perspective of the urban populace. It begins by exploring the urban geography of pre-Columbian cities and investigating the ways that social, religious and political spaces were altered during Spanish colonial rule.  It then goes on to see how urban spaces changed during the early national period and outline the nuances of urban slavery. The course dedicates a number of weeks to exploring experiences and images surrounding modernization and urbanization in various Latin American cities. It concludes by exploring the paradoxes in current global images of Latin American cities both as idealized destinations for exoticized travel and cites of lawlessness and disorder.


Map Quiz: Required to pass the course.

Participation: 15%

Five Response Papers: 20%Midterm 1: 20%

Midterm 2: 20%

Final Term Paper 6-8 pages: 25%

The assigned readings will be:

Biron, Rebecca, City/Art: The Urban Scene in Latin America, Duke University Press, 2009.

Capello, Ernesto. City at the Center of the World: Space, History, and Modernity in Quito. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011.

Kovats-Bernat J. Christopher. Sleeping Rough in Port-au-Prince: an Ethnography of Street Children and Silence in Haiti,  University Press of Florida, 2006.

Piccato, Pablo. City of Suspects: Crime in Mexico City 1900-1931, Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.

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