Alison J Bruey

Associate Professor

History • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Latin American history; research methods; oral history; social and political movements and political culture; Cold War; urban history.


PhD Yale University (History)
MPhil Yale University (History)
MA Yale University (History)
MA University of Wisconsin-Madison (Latin American Studies)
BA University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Spanish, and Latin American Studies)


Alison J. Bruey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American history and research methods. She is the author of scholarly articles on topics including neoliberalism and repression;  free-market economics and popular protest; and grassroots solidarity movements. She co-authored a book about mass repression in poor and working-class neighborhoods in Santiago de Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. Her current project is a study of human rights, neoliberalism, and urban popular-sector protest in Pinochet’s Chile. Other research interests include political violence and democracy; collective memory; and environmentalism in Latin America.

Her other projects have included designing and leading a study-abroad and internship program, "Community Challenges in Latin America: Guatemala Past and Present"; providing educational consulting services in Algeria; and serving as an oral history consultant for First Coast public radio (WJCT) and UNF.


Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2012
Research Enhancement Plan Award, University of North Florida, 2011-2012
Yale University History Department Wright Prize, 2008


American Historical Association
Conference on Latin American History
Latin American Studies Association
Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies
Phi Beta Kappa

Grants and Contracts Awarded

• University of North Florida Summer Scholarship Grant, 2008, 2010, 2013
• University of North Florida Community-Based Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant 2009
• University of North Florida International Center International Faculty Travel Grant 2009
• Fulbright-Hays International Dissertation Fellowship, 2003-2004
• Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Academic-Year Grant, 1997-1998

Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications:
Moya, Videla, Balladares, Bruey, et. al. Tortura en poblaciones del Gran Santiago (1973-1990). Santiago de Chile: Corporación José Domingo Cañas, 2005.

“Neoliberalism and Repression in Poblaciones of Santiago de Chile,” Stockholm Review of Latin American Studies No. 5, September 2009.

“Limitless Land and the Redefinition of Rights: Popular Mobilisation and the Limits of Neoliberalism in Chile, 1973-1985.” Journal of Latin American Studies, September 2012.

“Transnational Concepts, Local Contexts: Solidarity and Grassroots Opposition in Pinochet's Chile” in Jessica Stites-Mor, ed. Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2013.

"Shantytown Protest: The Pobladores Speak," in Peter Winn, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Thomas Miller Klubock and Nara Milanich, eds., Chile Reader (Duke Univerisity Press, forthcoming 2013).


Selected Presentations:
Protesta Poblacional: Non-Violent Resistance and All Forms of Struggle at the Grassroots, Chile 1978-1986.” International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco CA, May 2012.

“All Forms of Struggle: The Left, Armed Resistance, and the Catholic Church in Pinochet’s Chile, 1973-1986.” Conference on Latin American History, Chicago, IL, January 2012.

“Solidaridad: The Churches, the Left, and Grassroots Opposition in Pinochet's Chile.” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association and the Conference on Latin American History, Boston, MA, January 2011.

“Limitless Land and the Redefinition of Rights: Urban Economic Crisis and La Casa Propia in Pinochet's Chile (1975-1982).” International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada, October 2010.

“Popular Protest and the Transition to Civilian Rule in Pinochet’s Chile, 1983-1988.” Paper presented at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association and the Conference on Latin American History, Washington D.C., January 2008.

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