Thomas Klubock

Director, Latin American Studies Program

(434) 924-6403
Nau Hall 281
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00AM and by appointment.

Field & Specialties

Latin America
Working-Class History
History of Gender and Sexuality
Environmental History


Ph.D., Yale University

M.A. and M.Phil.,Yale University

B.A., Haverford College



La Frontera: Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile's Frontier Territory (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014).

*2015 Bolton-Johnson Prize, Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) for “best book in English on Latin American History.”

* 2015 Bryce Wood Book Award, Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for “outstanding book on Latin America in the social sciences and humanities published in English.” (co-recipient)

*2015 Charles Weyerhaeuser Award for best book published on forest and conservation history, Forest History Society.

*Named a Times Higher Education Book of the Year for 2014.


The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited with Elizabeth Hutchison, Nara Milanich, and Peter Winn (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013).


Contested Communities: Class, Gender, and Politics in Chile's El Teniente Copper Mine, 1904-1951 (Durham: Duke University Press, 1998).


Articles and Book Chapters

"La Naturaleza de la Historia: Aproximaciones a la Escritura de la Historia Medioambiental” in Manuel Vicuña ed., Cátedra Norbert Lechner  (Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2012).


“The Nature of the Frontier: Forests and Peasant Uprisings in Southern Chile,” Social History, vol.36, No.2 (May 2011), pp.121-142.


"Ranquil: Violence and Peasant Politics on Chile's Southern Frontier" in Greg Grandin and Gilbert Joseph eds., A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent  Violence during Latin America's Long Cold War  (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010).


Editor and introduction with Paolo Fontes, "Public History and Labor History, " special issue of International Labor and Working-Class History no.76 (Fall 2009).


Editor and introduction, with Greg Grandin, to special issue of The Radical History Review, "Truth Commissions: State Terror, History, and Memory," no.97 (Winter 2007).


"The Politics of Forests and Forestry on Chile’s Southern Frontier, 1880s-1940s" The Hispanic American Historical Review vol.86, no.3 (August 2006), pp.535-570.


"Labor, Land, and Ecological Change in Chile=s Southern Forests, 1973-1998" in Victims of the Miracle? Chilean Workers and the Neoliberal Model, 1973-1998, ed. Peter Winn (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), pp.337-387.


"Class, Community, and Neoliberalism in Chile: Copper Workers and the Labor Movement During the Military Dictatorship and Restoration of Democracy, 1973-1998" in Victims of the Miracle? Chilean Workers and the Neoliberal Model, 1973-1998, ed. Peter Winn (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), pp. 209-259.


"Chile," The Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, ed. Shepard Kresh III, John R. McNeill, Carolyn Merchant (London: Routledge, 2003).


"Gender, the Working Class, and the History of the Post-Revolutionary State in Mexico," introduction to special issue of International Labor and Working-Class History, no.63 (Spring 2003), pp.39-44.


Editor, with Peter Winn, of special issue on gender and labor history, International Labor and Working-Class History, no.63 (Spring 2003).


"History and Memory in Neoliberal Chile: Patricio Guzmán’s Obstinate Memory and The Battle of Chile," Radical History Review, No.85, winter 2003, pp.272-281.


"Nationalism, Ideologies of Race and Ethnicity, and Working-Class Politics in Twentieth-Century Chile@ in Reclaiming The Political in Latin American History: Essays from the North, ed. Gilbert Joseph (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002), pp.231-267.


"Writing the History of Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Chile," The Hispanic American Historical Review vol.81, no.3-4 (August-November 2001), pp. 493-518.


"From Welfare Capitalism to the Free Market in Chile: Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Copper Mines" in Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of United States-Latin America Relations, ed. Gilbert Joseph, Catherine LeGrande, and Ricardo Salvatore (Durham: Duke University Press, 1998), pp.369-399.


"Copper Workers, Organized Labor, and Popular Protest Under Military Rule in Chile, 1973-1986," International Labor and Working-Class History, No.52 (Fall 1997), pp.106-133. Reprinted in W hose Side Are You On? Race, Gender, Work and Identity in Twentieth-Century Latin America, ed. Vincent C. Peloso (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2003).


"Morality and Good Habits: Constructing Gender and Class in the Chilean Copper Mines, 1904-1951" in The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers: From Household and Factory to the Union Hall and Ballot Box, ed. John D. French and Daniel James (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997), pp.232-263.


"Working-Class Masculinity, Middle-Class Morality, and Labor Politics Among Chilean Miners," Journal of Social History, vol.30, no.2 (Winter 1996), pp.435-463.

*Recipient of the 1997 Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) Article Prize.


"Hombres y Mujeres en El Teniente: La Construcción de género y clase en la minería chilena del cobre, 1904-1951" in Disciplina y desacato: construcción de identidad en Chile, siglos xix y xx ed. Lorena Godoy, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Karin Rosemblatt, Soledad Zárate (Santiago: Ediciones SUR, 1995), pp.223-253.


"Sexualidad y proletarización en la mina El Teniente," Proposiciones, no.21 (Santiago, December 1992), pp. 64-77.

Current Research