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Sarah C Chambers

Department of History 1218 HellerH 271 19th Ave S

Department Affiliations


  • Colonial Latin American history
  • cultural and legal history
  • gender history
  • transition between the end of the colonial period and the formation of republican nations
  • Chile
  • Andean region

Educational Background

  • PhD: History, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992.


  • “The Paternal Obligation to Provide: Political Familialism in Early Nineteenth-Century Chile” : Chambers, Sarah, American Historical Review , 117:4 1123-48, 2012.
  • Latin American Independence: An Anthology of Sources . Chambers, Sarah, John Charles Chasteen, Hackett Publishing Company, Co-Editor, 2010.
  • “Choosing to be a Subject: Loyalist Women in the Revolutionary Atlantic World”: Chambers, Sarah, Lisa Norling, Journal of Women’s History , 20:1 39-62, 2008.
  • "Masculine Virtues and Feminine Passions: Gender and Race in the Republicanism of Simón Bolí­var,". Chambers, Sarah, Hispanic Research Journal, Author, 2006.
  • Honor, Status, and Law in Modern Latin America. Chambers, Sarah, Co-editor with Sueann Caulfield and Lara Putnam, Duke University Press, 2005.
  • "Letters and Salons: Women Reading and Writing the Nation in the Nineteenth Century,". Chambers, Sarah, Beyond Imagined Communities: Reading and Writing the Nation in Nineteenth-Century Latin America, Author, 2003.
  • "Little Middle Ground: The Instability of a Mestizo Identity in the Andes, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries,". Chambers, Sarah, Author, 2003.
  • Republican Friendship: Manuela Sáenz Writes Women in the Nation, 1835-1856. Chambers, Sarah, Author, 2001.
  • From Subjects to Citizens: Honor, Gender, and Politics in Arequipa, Peru, 1780-1854. Chambers, Sarah, Penn State Press, 1999.

Research Activities

  • "Family, Gender, and Politics in Chile, 1790-1860": Archival research based upon civil lawsuits, military records, correspondence, and petitions. Funded in part by a Fulbright fellowship from February to July of 2003
  • Female Correspondence in 19th-Century South America: Ongoing analysis of letters written by various women in different countries.

Professional Activities

  • Co-Editor, Gender & History (journal): 2008 - present
  • Director, Center for Early Modern History: 2008 - 2012


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2012 - 2013
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Spain, Jan., 2011 - June, 2011
  • Fulbright Scholar Grant, Chile, 2002 - 2003

Courses Taught

  • Hist 3401W - Early Latin America to 1825
  • Hist 3424 - Women and Gender in Latin American History
  • HIST 3429: Latin American History through Film and Text
  • Hist 5421 - Gender in Latin American History
  • Hist 5901 - Proseminar: Readings in Colonial Latin American History
  • Hsem 3110 - Voices from Latin American Women's Movements
  • Hist 8015 - History Scope and Methods
  • Hist 5980 - Topics in Comparative Women's History
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Featured Faculty

  • Prof. Ruggles Chosen to Lead Population Association of America (PAA)

    Prof. Steve Ruggles has been chosen president-elect of the Population Association of America (PAA) He will be the first historian ever to lead that organization (more typically its presidents have been sociologists or economists). Steve will serve as PAA president-elect in 2014 and president in 2015.

    This honor is recognition of the great work that Steve has done both in his own research and in supporting the work of other scholars through his work with the Minnesota Population Center. Congratulations, Prof. Ruggles!

    Learn more about the Population Association of America (PAA)

    March 15th, 2014
  • Digital Research Projects by HIST 3959 Students

    In Fall 2013, HIST 3959 - How to Do History was taught by Prof. Donna Gabaccia with a focus on digital history research projects. One additional feature of HIST 3959 this fall was that six graduate students earned graduate credit by working with the undergraduate groups as "project managers."

    Here is a sample of innovative projects from class:

    The Pacific Railroad Surveyors
    Jewish Life in 1930s/40s Minneapolis
    Why Public Education?
    Rustication in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
    Early Scandinavian Cartography
    Korea, Forgotten War?
    Political Leadership and Masculinity

    December 13th, 2013
  • Major Awards for History Profs. Kevin Murphy, Barbara Welke, Donna Gabaccia (2), Kay Reyerson, Elaine Tyler May

    It has been a season for great honors and accomplishments for our faculty. Congratulations to all!

    Donna Gabaccia is one of the recipients of the 2013 University Outstanding Community Service Award
    Donna Gabaccia has been awarded the Theodore Saloutos Memorial Book Award of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society for Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective.
    Elaine Tyler May has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2013 by The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.
    Kevin Murphy is a 2013 recipient of the UofM's Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education.
    Kay Reyerson has been awarded the Robert L. Kindrick-CARA Award for Outstanding Service to Medieval Studies by the Medieval Academy.
    Barbara Welke has been named one of the new Distinguished McKnight University Professors.

    April 3rd, 2013

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