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Marian Schlotterbeck


  • Ph.D., History, Yale University, 2013
  • M.Phil., History, Yale University, 2010
  • M.A., History, Yale University, 2008
  • B.A., Latin American Studies and History, Oberlin College, 2005


Marian Schlotterbeck is an historian of modern Latin America, specializing in 20th-century Chile. Her current book project reframes the study of the Latin American Left and its relationship to grassroots activism through a case study of the Chilean Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR). Her next book-length research project, Minor Characters: A History of Childhood in Pinochet’s Chile, examines how children perceived growing up under dictatorship and how they convey their memories to future generations.

Research Focus

Modern Latin American and Caribbean history; Revolutionary and counterrevolutionary movements; Dictatorships and transitional justice; Oral history and the politics of memory; U.S.-Latin American relations; Comparative social movements

Selected Publications

  • Schlotterbeck, M. (forthcoming) Beyond the Vanguard: Grassroots Movements and the Making of Revolutionary Chile
  • Schlotterbeck, M. (2014) “Actos televisados: el Chile de la dictadura visto por el Chile del bicentenario,” A Contracorriente 12:1
  • Schlotterbeck, M., & Volk, S. (2010) “Gender, order, and femicide. Reading the popular culture of murder in Ciudad Juárez,” co-authored with Steven Volk, in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 32:1 (Spring 2007): 53-86. Revised and reprinted in Making a Killing: Femicide, Free Trade, and La Frontera, (UT Austin, 2010) and The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán (UCLA, 2010).


Lecture courses: Latin America since 1900 (7C); History of Chile (164); Latin American Social Revolutions (165); Human Rights in Latin America (161)

Honors College course: Latin American Social Revolutions (165H)

Undergraduate seminars: Central American History; Dirty Wars and Democratic Transitions in Chile and Argentina

Graduate seminars: Social Protest and Radical Politics in the Americas; Revolution and Counterrevolution in Latin America; 20thC Latin American Historiography; Modern Caribbean & Central America


Davis Humanities Institute, Faculty Research Fellowship (2016)

Academic Affairs Faculty Development Award (2015–2016)

Institute for Social Sciences, Individual Faculty Research Award (2015–16)

UC Davis Campus nominee for NEH Summer Stipend Fellowship (2015)

Academic Senate Committee on Research, Small Grant in Aid of Research (2014–2016)