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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

  • Émigrés and Citizens: Migrations and Identities during South American Independence from Spain
  • "Family, Gender, and Politics in Chile, 1790-1860": Forthcoming as book in 2015
  • 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
  • EMS 8250: Seminar in Early Modern Studies
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Featured Faculty

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    Congratulations to Professor Allen and Barbara Isaacman! Their book "Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007" has recently been honored with two major book awards: ASA's Melville Herskovits Award, and AHA's Martin A. Klein Prize.

    December 5th, 2014
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    Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been awarded the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 by the Western History Association.

    December 4th, 2014
  • Jean O'Brien, 2014 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

    Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!

    August 31st, 2014

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