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Alison J Bruey

Professor

History | College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Political and social history; human rights and democracy; oral history and historical memory; social movements; Cold War politics and political cultures; post-conflict society and culture; environmental history.

Education

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 language and literature, and Latin American Studies)

Biography

Alison J. Bruey specializes in modern Latin American history. Her most recent book, the award-winning Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet’s Chile (University of Wisconsin, 2018) examines the connections between human rights, neoliberalism, social movements, and the rise of anti-regime protest in popular-sector Santiago.  She is the author of scholarly articles on neoliberalism and repression, public housing and popular protest, and Cold War solidarity movements, and co-author of Tortura en Poblaciones del Gran Santiago (1973-1990) (Santiago: Corporación José Domingo Cañas, 2005). Her oral history work appears in The Chile Reader (Duke University Press, 2014), and she is a contributor to the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Her research interests include human rights and democracy; oral history and historical memory; social movements; Cold War politics and political cultures; post-conflict societies; and environmental history. She has served on the council of the Latin American Studies Association's (LASA) Historia Reciente y Memoria section, and on board of directors of the Urban History Association (UHA).

Bruey teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Latin American history, Latin American film, historical research methods, and Latin America and the U.S. in world affairs for the Department of History and the Master of Arts in International Affairs program. She has led study abroad courses to Guatemala and Peru and has received the University of North Florida’s award for outstanding undergraduate teaching. 

 

Awards

  • Best Book in the Social Sciences, Southern Cone Studies Section, Latin American Studies Association, 2019. (Bread, Justice, and Liberty)
  • Special Mention, Historia Reciente y Memoria Section, Latin American Studies Association Book Award, 2020 (Bread, Justice, and Liberty)
  • Alfred B. Thomas Book Award, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, 2019. (Bread, Justice, and Liberty)
  • Scholars Transforming Academic Research Symposium Best Book Award , University of North Florida Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 2019. (Bread, Justice, and Liberty)
  • University of North Florida Faculty Scholarship Development Grant, 2018
  • Research Enhancement Plan Award, University of North Florida, College of Arts and Sciences/Research and Sponsored Programs, 2018
  • Finalist, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2017
  • Provost Course Release for exemplary scholarship, University of North Florida, 2015
  • “Top Performer” award, University of North Florida, 2014
  • University of North Florida Summer Scholarship Grant 2008, 2010, 2013
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of North Florida, 2012

 

Affiliations

American Historical Association

Conference on Latin American History

Latin American Studies Association

Urban History Association

Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies

Southern Historical Association

Phi Beta Kappa

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • University of North Florida Faculty Scholarship Development Grant, 2018
  • Research Enhancement Plan Award, University of North Florida, College of Arts and Sciences/Research and Sponsored Programs, 2018
  • University of North Florida Summer Scholarship Grant, 2008, 2010, 2013
  • University of North Florida Community-Based Transformational Learning Opportunity Grant 2009, 2013




Publications & Presentations

Selected Publications:

“Neoliberalism in Chile.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. New York: Oxford University Press, May 2020.

Bread, Justice, and Liberty: Grassroots Activism and Human Rights in Pinochet's Chile. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2018.

Moya, Laura et. al. Tortura en poblaciones del Gran Santiago (1973-1990). Santiago de Chile: Corporación José Domingo Cañas, 2005/Biblioteca Nacional-Memoria Chilena, 2015

“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. Durham, NC: Duke Univerisity Press, 2013.

Selected Presentations:

“The Devil Came Down to Chillán: Earthquakes and Popular Knowledge in Modern Chile,” Florida Conference of Historians, Lake City, FL, February 28-29, 2020.

“Taking the Country into the Future: Insurgent Youth in Popular-Sector Santiago, Chile,” Conference on Latin American History/Radical History Review, New York, NY,
January 3-6, 2020.

“Mythmaking and Marginalization in Post-Dictatorship Chile,” Conference on Latin American History, New York, NY, January 3-6, 2020.

“Earthquakes in the Archive,” Past to Present Seminar, Department of History, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, October 17, 2019.

“Historia reciente y memoria del activismo anti-dictatorial en Santiago Popular,” Symposium “El golpe militar de 1973: Memorias y formas de memorialización 45 años después,” Observatorio de Historia Reciente de Chile y América Latina, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile, September 12, 2018.

“Pan, justicia y libertad: la lucha anti-dictatorial en Santiago popular,” Symposium "Un  pasado que interpela. Nuevas aproximaciones para el estudio de la dictadura militar chilena," Centro de Estudios de Historia Política, Escuela de Gobierno, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Santiago, Chile, September 6, 2018.

“Subjetividades y prácticas: La historia oral y el activismo de mujeres populares en Santiago de Chile,” Primer Congreso de Historiadoras Feministas, Santiago de Chile, August 3-4, 2018.

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Contact Information

(904) 620-2886

alison.bruey@unf.edu