Dr. Brudney's C.V. 


Ph.D. (History), Indiana University, 2019

M.A. (Latin American and Caribbean Studies), Indiana University, 2013

B.A. (History and Hispanic Literature), Wesleyan University, 2007


Edward Brudney's research explores the history of modern Latin America, with specific emphases on labor movements and labor legislation in twentieth-century Argentina. His work has been published in the Journal of Religion and Society; the Journal of Global South Studies; and Labor: Studies in Working Class History in the Americas. His current research project, Changing the Rules of the Game: Labor, Law, and Citizenship in Authoritarian Argentina, 1976-1983, analyzes attempts by Argentina's most recent military regime to transform definitions of citizenship through the manipulation of labor law. He is also co-authoring a second book-length project, Literacy, Memory, and Spaces of Justice: Exploring Commemorative Events of State Terrorism in Buenos Aires, which explores the intersections of memory and justice work in Buenos Aires on the fortieth anniversary of the March 24, 1976 coup d'état.


Colonial Latin America

Latin America from Independence to the Present

Frontiers in Latin America

Postcolonial Caribbean

Long Live Santa Evita: The Life and Postlife of Eva Perón


Mendel Dissertation Year Fellowship, Indiana University, 2018-19

Fellow, re:Work Summer Academy, IGK Institute for Work and Human Lifecycle in Global History, Humboldt University, 2015 

International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2015

Publication Highlights

“(P)Reimagining the Nation: Citizenship, Work, and the State in António Ribeiro Sanches’s Cartas sobre a educação da mocidade,” Luso-Brazilian Review, Vol. 57, No. 1 (2020). Read more.

“‘In Defense of Our Livelihoods’: Deutz Argentina Workers, Resistance, and Authoritarian Legitimacy during Argentina’s Proceso de Reorganización Nacional,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History, Vol. 16, No. 4 (2019)

“Manifest Destiny, the Frontier, and el Indio in Argentina’s Conquista del Desierto,” Journal of Global South Studies, Vol. 36, No. 1 (2019)

Conference & Presentation Highlights

“The Rules of the Game: Hegemonic Legality and Authoritarianism in Argentina, 1975-1983,” Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, Spring 2020

“‘And if this Internal Commission is destroyed, we must elect another Commission’: Worker Representation and Shop Floor Organization in the Aftermath of State Violence,” Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies Annual Meeting, Oaxaca, Mexico, Spring 2019

“‘My first response, I would say it was counterfeit’: Contradiction and Meaning-Making in Oral History,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Spring 2019

“‘En defensa de nuestras fuentes de trabajo’: Trabajadores de Deutz Argentina y legalidad autoritaria durante el Proceso de Reorganización Nacional,” Workshop - Clase obrera y dictadura cívico-militar, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, La Plata, Argentina, Summer 2018

“Reorganizing Citizenship: Authoritarian Labor Law and the Vision of a New Praxis of Citizenship,” Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Conference, Reno, NV, Spring 2018

“Arrested Development: Neoliberal Developmentalism in Argentina, 1976-1981,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Fall 2017

“Public Industry in Times of Privatization: State Telephone Workers in La Pampa, 1976-1983,” Latin American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Lima, Peru, Spring 2017


American Historical Association

Latin American Studies Association

American Anthropological Association

Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies

Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies