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Juandrea Bates

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

Juandrea Bates



A native of Upstate New York, Juandrea Bates graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a degree in History in 2006. At the University of Texas, she has studied Latin American history with a particular focus on social and legal histories of family, childhood and immigration.

Her dissertation "Raising Argentina: Family, Childhood and Civl Law in Buenos Aires 1871-1930" examines the role of legal understandings of family in perpetuating inequality and shaping the meaning of childhood in Argentina. Based on a collection of more than three hundred previously inaccessible custody battles, the project recreates everyday experiences of childhood, child rearing and parenting in late 19th century Argentina and explores how macro-historical forces -mainly, immigration, industrialization, the rise of state bureaucracies effected the most intimate aspects of porteños lives. It further investigates popular participation in the legislative process as the urban poor, illuminating how immigrant parents and single mothers pushed judges to recognize their custodial rights, while impoverished children convinced judges to protect them from abusive guardians. 

 As a Excellence in Graduate Education Fellow, Juandrea developed a passion for interdisciplinary teaching, helping undergraduates develop transferrable critical thinking and written communication skills and integrating primary sources into the classroom. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary approaches to history, World History, Colonial and Modern Latin American History as well as classes on InterAmerican Immigration, Childhood in the Americas and the Legal History of Latin America.



Colonial and Modern Latin America particularly Argentina. Histories Family and Childhood in the Americas. Legal History. Gender, Urban History.

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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