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. 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.