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Marcelo Borges

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

Contact Information

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

Fall 2021

HIST 130 Early Lat Am History to 1800
Cross-listed with LALC 230-01.

HIST 151 History of Environment
Examines the interaction between humans and the natural environment in long-term global context. Explores the problem of sustainable human uses of world environments in various societies from prehistory to the present. Also serves as an introduction to the subfield of environmental history, which integrates evidence from various scientific disciplines with traditional documentary and oral sources. Topics include: environmental effects of human occupation, the origins of agriculture, colonial encounters, industrial revolution, water and politics, natural resources frontiers, and diverse perceptions of nature.

LALC 230 Early Lat Am History to 1800
Cross-listed with HIST 130-01.

HIST 283 Latin American-U.S. Relations
Cross-listed with LALC 283-01.

LALC 283 Latin American-U.S. Relations
Cross-listed with HIST 283-01.

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 one-half course credit and then defended and revised in the spring semester for the other half credit. Prerequisite: senior majors.

LALC 500 Independent Study