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Marcelo Borges

Professor of History; Boyd Lee Spahr Chair in the History of the Americas (1997)

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Denny Hall Room 111


Marcelo Borges teaches Latin American history and migration history. His current research focuses on the history of migration, epistolary practices in context of migration, and the history of emotions. His publications include Chains of Gold: Portuguese Migration to Argentina in Transatlantic Perspective (2009), Migrant Letters: Emotional Language, Mobile Identities, and Writing Practices in Historical Perspective (with Sonia Cancian, 2018), and Emotional Landscapes: Love, Gender, and Migration (with Sonia Cancian and Linda Reeder, 2021). He has been a visiting researcher at the Social Science Institute of the University of Lisbon, and a research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Nantes Institute of Advanced Studies.


  • Licenciado en Historia, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 1988
  • Profesor en Historia, 1988
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1997

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

HIST 131 Mod Lat Am Hist since 1800
Cross-listed with LALC 231-01.

LALC 231 Mod Lat Am Hist since 1800
Cross-listed with HIST 131-01.

HIST 260 World on the Move: Migrations
This course examines migrations since the middle of the nineteenth century by comparing different historical moments, societies, and experiences. The basic questions it seeks to address are: Why have people moved in different historical moments and across different spaces? How have they been received by other societies? What regimes of state control have emerged over time and why? Why have some migrants been welcomed as new citizens while others have been rejected, considered as a menace to receiving societies’ values and culture? How have migrants navigated the tension created by their projects and those of societies of origin and destination? How have migrants accommodated to or challenged the reality of migration, transnational living, and changing migration regimes? The course will include a wide variety of migrant experiences, such as labor migrations, migrations in imperial and post-colonial spaces, family migration, and displaced peoples and refugees.

LALC 490 Lat Am/Latinx/Carib St SR Rsch
Research into a topic concerning Latin America directed by two or more faculty representing at least two disciplines. Students must successfully defend their research paper to obtain course credit. The paper is researched and written in the fall semester for 1.0 credit and then defended and revised in the spring semester for .50 credit. Prerequisite: senior majors.

LALC 550 Independent Research