History of cities; social and cultural history of Latin America; global history.
His long-term research interests are primarily in the themes of urban public space, transportation, popular culture and streetlife in early 20th century Latin America, though he has also been publishing material on the worker press of the region and on teaching. He is developing an interest in the visual history of Latin America, particularly in the southern cone region, ranging into the contemporary period. He is currently writing an article on the intersection of the streetcar with the urban imaginary.
- “The Streetcar in the Urban Imaginary of Latin America,” Journal of Urban History, January 2016, 42:1, 162-179
- “Moving Between the Global and the Local: The Industrial Workers of the World and Their Press in Latin America,” in In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History, edited by Geoffroy de Laforcade and Kirwin Shaffer (University Press of Florida: Gainesville, 2015), 72-93.
- “Radical Border Crossers: The Industrial Workers of the World and Their Press in Latin America”, Estudios Interdisciplinarios de America Latina y el Caribe (Tel Aviv), 22:2, July/December 2011.
- “General Strike in Montevideo” in Vincent C. Peloso, editor, Work, Protest and Identity in Twentieth-Century Latin America (SR Books, 2003), 63-85
In recent years his courses have moved toward the global in scope and toward specific themes in coverage. Following the surrealists, he takes a collage approach, bringing in films, photographs and a wide array of alternate voices that often are in juxtaposition, forcing students to analyze a range of materials before coming to their own conclusions regarding culture, ethics, the legacies of colonialism and the importance of space.
- HIST 124: Latin American Culture and Society
- HIST 303: Sin Cities
- HIST 308: Key Themes in Modern Global History
- HIST 337: History, Ethics, Modernity
- HIST 369: Colonialism and Revolution in the Third World, Honors
- HIST 808: Colloquium: The Global City