Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Justin Wolfe

Associate Professor - History

Contact Info


  • B.A., Oberlin College, Economics and Latin American Studies, 1990
  • M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, History, 1993
  • Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, History, 1999

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2000-2007
  • Visiting Fulbright Professor, Universidad Centroamericana, Nicaragua, 2005
  • Teaching Assistant, University of California-Los Angeles, 1993-1994

Research & Teaching Specializations: Post-colonial social and cultural history, nation-state formation, race and ethnicity, African Diaspora, Central America

Related Experience

  • Co-founder and organizer of The Seminar on Historical Change and Social Theory
  • Chair, Central American Section of the Conference on Latin American History, 2005
  • Member, James R. Scobie Memorial Award Committee, Conference on Latin American History, 2007


  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend, 2013
  • Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2013
  • Weiss Presidential Fellow Award, Tulane University, 2009
  • Central American Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, 2008
  • Tulane Honors Professor of the Year, 2004-2005
  • Georges Lurcy Faculty Summer Research Grant, Tulane University, 2004, 2002
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1995, 2005


  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French

Selected Publications

  • 2010. Between Race and Place: Blacks and Blackness in Central America. Editor with Lowell Gudmundson. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2010. “‘The Cruel Whip’: Race, Politics and Manifest Destinies in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua.” In Between Race and Place: Blacks and Blackness in Central America. Edited with Lowell Gudmundson. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2010. “Soldiers and Statesmen: Race, Nation and the Paradoxes of Afro-Nicaraguan Military Service, 1844-1869.” In War, Protest and Identity: Military Struggle and the Formation of Race, Community and Nation in Latin America 1850-1950. Nicola Foote and René H. Horst, eds. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
  • 2009. “La ejecución de Ponciano Corral en Granada, Nicaragua/The Execution of Ponciano Corral in Granada, Nicaragua.” Mesoámerica 51.
  • 2008. “‘No nacen aquí hombres serviles’: Raza, política y filibusterismo en el siglo XIX.” In Memoria del Simposio International Filibusterismo y Destino Manifiesto en las Américas. Víctor Hugo Acuña Ortega, ed. San José: Editorial del la Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • 2007. The Everyday Nation-State: Community, Ethnicity and Nation in Nineteenth-Century Nicaragua. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • 2004. “Those That Live by the Work of Their Hands: Labour, Ethnicity and Nation-State Formation in Nicaragua, 1850-1900.” Journal of Latin American Studies. 36 (1): 57-83.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Introduction to Latin American History; Modern Central America; History of Central America; U.S.-Latin American Relations; Narrating Race and Nation in Latin America; Peasants, Rebellion and the State in Latin America; Race and Ethnicity in Central America

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 5

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