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, --
  • Office Hours Winter '20: Weds 12:30-2:30
  • 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. My first book, titled Argentina in the Global Middle East (Stanford University Press, June 2020), 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.

I am currently working on a new book project, provisionally titled American Venom: What Snakes Tell Us about our Interconnected Hemisphere. This project proposes venomous snakes as a natural fulcrum for  for investigating the movement of capital, bodies, and forms of knowledge in the Americas starting at the dawn of the 20th 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. 


  • I am currently recruiting research interns for my Summer 2020 'VENOM LAB'... Read more here:

This book project offers a history of this hemisphere through the story of venomous snakes of the Americas. Overall, this study seeks to answer the fundamental question: How do the lives of venomous snakes provide us with new ways for understanding the ways that environments and societies have related over the course of the last century? The resulting study is one that links human and animal ecologies by studying snake species such as the Terciopelo, Bushmaster, and Central American Rattlesnake.

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • - Hellman Family Foundation Fellowship 2020-21
  • - 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