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Barbara Ganson
Ph.D., University of Texas
Associate Professor and Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Areas of Expertise
Latin America
Rio de la Plata

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Barbara Ganson received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.  Her first book, The Guarani Under Spanish Rule in the Rio de la Plata (Stanford University Press, 2003) won two book prizes:  a 2003 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title and the 2005 Murdo MacLeod Book Award from the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best book in the field of Latin American and Caribbean History, Spanish borderlands, and the Atlantic world, published during the previous two years. She is an Area Editor for the journal, The Americas.  She has served as president of two historical organizations:  the Southwestern Historical Association and the Latin American and Caribbean History Section of the Southern Historical Association.  She was named Chair of the James Scobie Prize Committee for the Conference on Latin American History in 2013.  She is the new Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FAU.

Her latest manuscript, Texas Takes Wing:  A Century of Flight in the Lone Star State has been accepted for publication by the University of Texas Press.  It will appear in print in December 2013.  She is working on a manuscript on the history of women aviators "Lady Daredevils:  Pioneer Women Aviators at Home and Abroad, 1910-1926," under advanced contract with the University of Florida Press, pending revisions.She has another book manuscript entitled  Because I Want To:  Women Aviators in America, 1929-1939, under review with Cambridge University Press for consideration in their Centennial of Flight Series.

She continues to work on colonial Guarani texts, having had an article accepted by Professor Capucine Boidin of the Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2013 entitled "Pueblo chico, infierno grande: La politica de adulterio y genero el en pueblo de Jesus, Paraguay, 1782-1784."



Undergraduate Courses
  • Latin American History
  • U.S. History
  • Ethnohistory
  • Aviation History
Graduate Courses
  • Explorations in Ethnohistory: The Indian in the Americas.
  • Comparative Frontiers and Spanish Borderlands




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