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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Lily Pearl Balloffet
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 37
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: By Appointment
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

Research Interests

Migration and displacement; mobilities; modern Latin American history; Southern Cone; Argentina; modern Middle East; global south networks; spatial history; inter-American relations.

Biography, Education and Training

My research and teaching focus on the topics of migration, social movements, and transnational history. I am currently finishing a book project titled Argentina in the Global Middle East: Transregional Migration & Mobility. This project, like my other publications, examines the ways in which diverse regions of the Global South share links to global migration systems. My primary interest is in writing transregional histories as seen through the lens of South-South alliances, solidarities, and exchanges that we can trace back to their roots in a longer history of immigrant mobilities. 


Prior to joining LALS, I was an assistant professor of history at Western Carolina University, and a postdoctoral fellow at North Carolina State University. I received my PhD in History from the University of California, Davis in 2015, and my BA in Latin American Studies from Wellesley College in 2006. 

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • Faculty Research Award, Western Carolina University (2018)
  • Khayrallah Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East Migration Studies (2015-16)
  • Silas Palmer Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University (2015)
  • Provost's Fellow University of California, Davis (2014-15)
  • Fulbright-Hays Fellow, Argentina (2013-14)
  • Foreign Language & Area Studies Grant, Arabic, US Dept. of Education (2010)

Selected Publications

  • “Argentine & Egyptian History Entangled: From Perón to Nasser.” Journal of Latin American Studies, 50, no.3 (August 2018): 549-577.


  • “From the Pampas to the Mashriq: Arab-Argentine Philanthropy Networks.” Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies 4, no.1 (2017): 4-28. 


  • Co-Author with Rwany Sibaja. “Digital Approaches to Research & Pedagogy in Latin American Studies.” The Latin Americanist, 62, no.1 (2018).


  • “Syrian Refugees in Latin America: Diaspora Communities as Interlocutors.” Latin American Studies Association Forum 47, no.1 (2016): 9-14.