Studies in Latin America

About the Series

Studies in Latin America is an initiative in open access publishing from the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (ISA), UNC Press, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. This series will feature short works, approximately 20,000 to 35,000 words in length, published by ISA. A paperback edition of each work will be distributed by UNC Press and open access digital editions will be hosted by the library.

Studies in Latin America promotes new scholarship on Latin America and the Caribbean focusing on the social sciences—principally anthropology, geography, history, political science, and sociology—and featuring diverse methodological approaches and perspectives on vital issues concerning Latin America and the Caribbean, past and present. Studies in Latin America welcomes English-language manuscripts by senior scholars as well as by junior scholars. Submissions undergo a formal peer-review process as part of the publication decision. The Institute for the Study of the Americas and UNC Press anticipate a wide distribution of the scholarship included in Studies in Latin America by taking advantage of the digital publishing environment.

About the Board

Louis A. Pérez, Jr.

Louis A. Pérez, Jr., (Chair) is Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as the Academia de la Historia de Cuba, Pérez is author, most recently, of The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past (University of North Carolina Press, 2013) and Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos (University of North Carolina Press, 2008).

Florence E. Babb

Florence E. Babb is Harrington Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of The Tourism Encounter: Fashioning Latin American Nations and Histories (Stanford University Press, 2011), After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Nicaragua (University of Texas Press, 2001), and Between Field and Cooking Pot: The Political Economy of Marketwomen in Peru (University of Texas Press, 1998).

Cynthia Radding

Cynthia Radding is the Gussenhoven Distinguished Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests in Latin American colonial history focus on the intersections between environmental and ethnographic history. She is editor or author of numerous books including Borderlands in World History, 1700-1914 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) and Landscapes of Power and Identity: Comparative Histories in the Sonoran Desert and the Forests of Amazonia from Colony to Republic (Duke University Press, 2005).

Gabriela Valdivia

Gabriela Valdivia is a professor in the Department of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work examines the political ecology of natural resource governance: how states, firms, and civil society appropriate and transform resources to meet their interests, and how capturing and putting resources to work transforms cultural and ecological communities. She is the author of Oil, Revolution, and Indigenous Citizenship in Ecuadorian Amazonia: Latin American Political Economy Series (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Submissions and Contact Information

For more information and questions about submissions, please contact:

Louis A. Pérez, Jr., Director, Institute for the Study of the Americas
Email: perez(at)
Global Education Center, CB 3205
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Inquiries for more information may also be addressed to:

Elaine Maisner, Executive Editor, UNC Press
Email: emaisner(at)
Tel: 919-962-0810

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