Department of History

Laura Gotkowitz

  • Associate Professor


Modern Latin America
The Andes


Modern Latin America
Colonial Latin America
Political Violence and Human Rights in Latin America

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1998

Representative Publications

A Revolution for Our Rights: Indigenous Struggles for Land and Justice in Bolivia, 1880-1952. Duke University Press, 2007. Spanish version: La revolución antes de la Revolución: Luchas indígenas por tierra y justicia en Bolivia, 1880-1952. Translated by Hernando Calla. La Paz: Plural Editores/PIEB, 2011. 

Editor, Histories of Race and Racism: The Andes and Mesoamerica from Colonial Times to the Present. Duke University Press, 2011. 

“Introduction: Racisms of the Present and the Past in Latin America.” In Histories of Race and Racism: 

Research Interests

My current work uses the 1947 trial of a Bolivian military regime to explore disputes over violence, democracy, and human rights after World War II.