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    Skidmore College
    Saratoga Springs,
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    Phone: (518) 580-5272 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (518) 580-5272      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    FAX: (518) 580-5258
    E-mail: jdym@skidmore.edu

    Office Hours:  Fall 2011
    Wednesday, 2:30-4
    Thursday 5-6
    or by appointment.

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Archivo General de Indias, Guatemala, Mapas y Planos, 309
Kingdom of Guatemala, Late 18th Century


Jordana Dym

Academic & Professional History

    Skidmore College, 2000-present. Associate Professor since 2006.
    Director of Latin American Studies, 2007-Fall 2011

    B.A. in History (with honors), Stanford University; M.A. in Russian and East European Studies, Stanford University;
    M.Phil.and Ph.D. in Latin American History with minor in Early Modern European History, New York University

    Research interests in independence-era and early national Central American history; history of cartography; cartography and travel writers, 1600s-1950s

    U.S. Foreign Service Officer, 1990-1995, US Embassy Tegucigalpa (Honduras), 1990-1992; US Mission to the United Nations, 1992-1995.

    (Short CV (2011) and publications)  


HI 111: Introduction to Latin American History (replaces HI 108 and HI 109) (Spring 2009-2013)

HI 229: War & Peace in 20th c. Latin Am. (Fall 2011)
HI 230: History of Latin American Through Travel (Spring 2013)
HI 298: United Nations: History, Structure, Practice
HI 330: Politics & Society in Latin America

  • HI 330A: Mexico (Spring 2008)
  • HI 330B: Modern Central America (Spring 2009)
  • HI 330E: Modern Caribbean (Fall 2010)

HI 363: History & Cartography (Spring 2011)
HI 363: Introduction to Public History (Fall 2012) & Public History Workshop (Spring 2013)
"Sacred Spaces" Walking Tour Project for the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation--
and tour (SSPF details)-- with articles in the Saratogian newspaper by the SSPF (March 2, 2013)
and by students (March 23, March 30, April 7 and April 14, 2013)

Scribner Seminar: Urban Latin America: Mexico City (co-taught, Fall 2011, with Heather Hurst, Anthropology)
LAS 377: Colloquium in Latin American Studies (Fall 2007-2011)
Travel Seminar: Puerto Rico in the American Century (co-taught, Fall 2008, with Viviana Rangil, FLL)

Previous Courses
HI 108: Colonial Latin America (no longer taught)
HI 109: Contemporary Latin America (no longer taught)
HI 228: Race, Class & Gender in Latin America

  LS2 210:Travel Writers & Travel Liars in Latin America,1500-1900

Select Research and Publications



    • Co-editor with Alfredo Ávila (UNAM) and Erika Pani (Colegio de México) of Las declaraciones de independencia: Los textos fundamentales de las independencias americanas. Available at Colegio de México and UNAM.
    • Co-editor with Christophe Belaubre, Politics, Economy and Society in Bourbon Central America.
      The University Press of Colorado
      (January 2007). Available at Amazon and Barnes&Noble.

    • Co-editor with Christophe Belaubre and John Savage,Napoléon et les Amériques:
      Histoire atlantique et empire napoléonien.
      Université de Toulouse-LeMirail/Méridiennes (2009). Available at FRAMESPA.
      • English edition, Napoleon's Atlantic: The Impact of Napoleonic Empire in the Atlantic World (Brill, 2010).

    • "Maps and the Teaching of Latin American History," The Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol. 92, No. 2 (2012).

    • "Citizen of Which Republic: Foreigners and the Construction of National Citizenship in Latin America, 1823-1845," The Americas, Vol. 64, No. 4 (April 2008); 2009 New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Article Award.


    • "The Familiar and the Strange: Western Travelers' Maps of Europe and Asia, ca. 1600-1800," Philosophy & Geography Vol. 7, No. 2 (2004).
    • "More Calculated to Mislead than Inform: The Cartography of Travel Writers in Central America, 1821-1950," Journal of Historical Geography (April 2004)