Lily Balloffet
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Environmental Studies Department, Kenneth S Norris Center for Natural History, Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, --
  • Office Hours Winter '24: Mondays 9:15-11:15 by Zoom; (Please Email to Request Signup Link)
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

Research Interests

Mobilities; modern Latin American history; Argentina; Central America; global south networks; spatial history; inter-American relations; public health; natural history.

Biography, Education and Training

My research and teaching focus on the topics of hemispheric mobilities, social movements, Latin American hip hop, and inter-American relations. My first book was titled Argentina in the Global Middle East (Stanford University Press, June 2020), and you can find a companion ArcGIS StoryMap for this project here. This book reflects my broader interests in transregional connections as seen through the lens of South-South alliances, solidarities, mobilities and exchanges.

I am currently working on a new book project, provisionally titled American Venom: Animals, Science, & Hemispheric Relations. This project proposes venomous animals (snakes, spiders, scorpions) as a natural fulcrum for  for investigating the movement of capital, bodies, and forms of knowledge in the Americas over the course of the past century. 

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

  • - Building Belonging Grant, Institute for Social Transformation UCSC (2023)
  • - Finalist: Mellon New Directions Fellowship (2022)
  • - Hellman Family Foundation Fellowship (2020-21)
  • - Runner Up: Alfred Thomas Book Award, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (2021)
  • - Research Center for the Americas Individual Faculty Research Award (2019)
  • - 2018 Sturgis Leavitt Article Award, Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies
  • - 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