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Elizabeth Shesko

Research Associate in History and Latin American Studies

Spring 2013

  • Indigenous Identity and Politics in Latin America, 1492 to Present (HIST 209)
  • Honors Seminar in History (HIST 452)

Liz Shesko - Bowdoin College


  • A.B. Bowdoin
  • Ph.D. Duke

Refereed Publications

“Constructing Roads, Washing Feet, and Cutting Cane for the Patria: Building Bolivia with Military Labor, 1900-1975.” International Labor and Working-Class History 80 (Fall 2011): 6-28.

Other Publications

Book Review: Laura Gotkowitz, ed. “Histories of Race and Racism: The Andes and Mesoamerica from Colonial Times to Present,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History 13:3 (Winter, 2012): forthcoming.

Book Review: Kathryn Burns. “Into the Archive: Writing and Power in Colonial Peru,” Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists 8:2 (Winter, 2010): 59-63. 

“Hijos del inca. El congreso indigenal de 1945”, en Fuentes. Revista de la Biblioteca y Archivo Histórico de la Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional  4, no. 6 (2010): 5-10 (La Paz, Bolivia).

“Conscripción, exención y ‘nuestro aporte de sangre’: El potencial de las fuentes militares.” desArchivando (La Paz, Bolivia). 2010

“Conscript Nation: Negotiating Authority and Belonging in the Bolivian Barracks, 1900-1950.” To be presented at the American Historical Association, New Orleans, January 4, 2013.

“How the ‘Bad Sons of Bolivia’ Strengthened the State: Chaco War Era Desertion.” Presented at the New England Council of Latin American Studies, New Haven, November 3, 2012.

“‘With Skin the Color of Copper’: Reading Race in Bolivia’s Military Archives.” Presented at the American Historical Association, Chicago, January 7, 2012.

“‘Our Sons who Defend the Honor and Integrity of the Patria’: Using Military Sources to Rethink the ‘Indian Problem’.” Presented at the American Historical Association, Boston, January 9, 2011.

“Conscripting the State: Contributions of Obligatory Military Service to the Bolivian Economy.” Presented at the Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, October 6, 2010.

“Archivos paraguayos para el estudio de la Guerra del Chaco.” Presented at the Biblioteca y Archivo Histórico del Asamblea Legislativo Plurinacional, La Paz, Bolivia, May 6, 2010.

“El potencial de los archivos militares.” Presented to the Encuentro Latinoamericano de Bibliotecarios, Archivistas y Museólogos, La Paz, Bolivia, September 15, 2009.

“Exploring Gendered Citizenship in Bolivia through Obligatory Military Service.” Presented to the UNC/Duke Working Group in Feminism and History, Durham, November 11, 2008.

“La historia del servicio militar obligatorio en Bolivia.” Presented to the History Department, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz, Bolivia, June 27, 2008.

“‘Who Will Speak for the Indian’?: Representations of Indigeneity at Bolivia’s 1945 Indigenous Congress.” Presented at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum Conference on Origins, Philadelphia, February 29, 2008.

  • 2012-2013        Duke University International and Comparative Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)
  • 2011-2012        Hartman Center Special Collections Reference Intern Fellowship
  • 2010-2011        William R. Perkins Library Archival Processing Intern Fellowship
  • 2010-2011        Franklin Humanities Institute Dissertation Working Group Fellow
  • 2009-2010        Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Research in Spanish
  • 2009-2010        Duke International Fellowship
  • 2009               Summer Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Aymara
  • 2009               Duke Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2005-2009        James B. Duke Fellowship (competitive university-wide grant to supplement stipend)
  • 2008               Duke Graduate School Travel Grant for International Research
  • 2006               Tinker Foundation Graduate Student Research Grant
  • 2006               Summer Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for Portuguese
  • 2002               Phi Beta Kappa, Bowdoin College
  • 2002               Philip C. Bradley Spanish Prize, Bowdoin College 
  • 1998-2002        Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar

Conference Organizing

Co-organizer (with Reena Goldthree, Dartmouth) of an interdisciplinary research conference held at Duke University, “Beyond the Battlefield: The Labor of Military Service in Latin American and the Caribbean,” which focused on states’ uses of military labor and soldiers’ work both on and off the battlefield, bringing together scholars of the military and of labor in order to move both fields forward. 

Multimedia Exhibit

Designer and developer of “Boots, Guns, and Tractors: United States Civic Action Programs in 1960s Latin America,” a multimedia exhibit containing video, maps, and text displayed on the LINK MediaWall at Duke University’s Perkins Library.

Boots, Guns, and Tractors: United States Civic Action Programs in 1960s Latin America

Multimedia exhibit for the LINK MediaWall in Duke’s Perkins Library
Displayed several hours a day, March 2011 to present
Developed with Adobe AfterEffects
48 monitors, 20 feet x 4 feet
Runtime: 20:08