table of course offerings 2018-19
FALL 2018
LALS 1 Introduction to Latin American & Latino Studies Arredondo
LALS 90 Contemporary Brazil Pinho
LALS 95 Undergraduate Research Seminar Ruiz
LALS 100 Concepts & Theories in Latin American & Latino Studies Patel
LALS 122 Media & Nationalism Rivas
LALS 143J Global Political Economy (taught in Spanish) Estrella
LALS 171 Brazil in Black & White (taught in Portuguese) Pinho
LALS 172 Visualizing Human Rights Falcón
LALS 180 Borders: Real & Imagined Patel
LALS 194R Violencia Cotidiana en las Americas (taught in Spanish) Rivas
LALS 1 Introduction to Latin American & Latino Studies Patel
LALS 30 Social Movements in Latin America Illescas
LALS 80F Latinos in the US: A Comparative Perspective M. Ramirez
LALS 100A Social Science Analytics Taft
LALS 143 Race & Ethnicity Patel
LALS 152 Consumer Cultures Between the Americas Rivas
LALS 157 Las Revoluciones Sociales (taught in Spanish) Balloffet
LALS 169 South America: History, Society, and Culture Erbig
LALS 194X Extractivism & Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas Leiva
LALS 5 Introduction to Human Rights & Social Justice Falcón
LALS NEW TBD (film and dictatorship class)
LALS 80E Latin American Philosophy Rasmus
LALS 100B Cultural Theory in the Americas Pinho
LALS 124 Brazilian Cinema Seara
LALS 133 Latina/o Art & Representation M. Ramirez
LALS 158 Latin American Political Economy Leiva
LALS NEW The Americas Balloffet
LALS 170 Indigenous Struggles in the Americas Erbig
LALS 178 Gender, Transnationalism, and Globalization Patel
LALS 194B NEW senior seminar on Global Migration Balloffet
LALS 194D New senior seminar TBD Ramirez

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Jeffrey Erbig
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 109
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Wednesdays, 12-2 p.m. & by appointment
  • Mail Stop Merrill College

Biography, Education and Training

Jeffrey Erbig is a historian of Latin America, whose research focuses on interethnic borderlands in the eighteenth-century Río de la Plata region (present-day Uruguay, northeastern Argentina, and southern Brazil). He holds a PhD in Latin American history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His current book manuscript explores how autonomous Indigenous communities known as Charrúas and Minuanes simultaneously limited and took advantage of Luso-Hispanic initiatives to create an interimperial border between Brazil and Spanish South America. There and in his article-length works, he utilizes geographical information systems (GIS) to enhance other forms of historical analysis.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellowship (The John Carter Brown Library), 2016

Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in Humanities & Fine Arts (The Graduate School of UNC-Chapel Hill), 2016

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (American Council of Learned Societies), 2014-2015

IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study (Rescued Fulbright-Hays), 2011-2012

Selected Publications

“Across Archival Limits: Imperial Records, Changing Ethnonyms, and Geographies of Knowledge,” with Sergio Latini, Ethnohistory (forthcoming, 2019)

“Property Mapping in Spanish America,” in The History of Cartography: Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, Roger Kain, ed., v. 5. Chicago, University of Chicago Press (forthcoming, 2022)

“Borderline Offerings: Tolderías and Mapmakers in the Eighteenth-Century Río de la Plata” Hispanic American Historical Review 96, no. 3 (2016): 445-480

“Entre plazas y tolderías: Mapas, nómades y territorialidad en el Río de la Plata, 1700-1805” Memoria, presente y porvenir en América Latina (forthcoming)


Works in Progress

Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America (book manuscript, under contract, University of North Carolina Press)

“Onde nômades e geógrafos se encontram: charruas, minuanes e a demarcação de limites no Rio da Prata” em roduzindo Fronteiras: entrecruzando escalas, povos e impérios na América portuguesa (XVII-XIX). Iris Kantor e Diogo Ramada Curto, eds. Belo Horizonte: Fino Traço; São Paulo: Humanitas (under review)

“When Ethnonyms Were Toponyms: Cartography and Native Pasts in the Banda Oriental” (working paper)

“Recent Turns in the History of Cartography in Latin America,” with Brian Bockelman, History Compass (working paper)

Teaching Interests

Dr. Erbig's teaching focuses geographically on the Southern Cone and Brazil, addressing such topics as colonialism, nationalism, spatial thought, and the historical agency of Indigenous Americans and African Americans. He also teaches a methods course on digital mapping in the social sciences and humanities.