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Deborah Levenson


Photo of Deborah Levenson-Estrada

Telephone: 617-552-3790

Office Location: Stokes Hall, Room S331


Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., New York University, 1988

Fields of Interest

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America with special interest in Central America,  social constructions and modernity; labor and urban history, and the history of art.

Academic Profile

Professor Levenson is beginning a new project, a study of two very different Guatemalan artists, using their art, patrons and life stories to think about the history of twentieth-century Guatemala. Her research plans include a study of contrasting two Guatemalan artists. She is a member of the Central American research center, Asociación para el Avance de las Ciencias Sociales, the Latin American Scholars Association, and the Association of Central American Historians. She is also a recipient of fellowships from Fulbright, the Social Science Council, and the Bunting Institute, as well as of funding from the United Nations Population Fund.  She has taught classes on colonial and modern Latin America as well as courses on gender, labor and urban history, religion, modernity, oral history and social movements.

Representative Publications

  • Adiós Niño, The Gangs of Guatemala City and the Politics of Death (2013)
  • Co-editor, The Guatemala Reader, History Culture and Politics (2011)
  • "Living Guatemala City" in Securing the City (2011)
  • Hacer la Juventud: Tres generaciones de una familia urbana (2004)
  • "The Life That Makes Us Die/The Death That Makes Us Live," Radical History Review (2003)
  • "The Loneliness of Working Class Feminism" in The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women ( 1997)
  • Trade Unionists Against Terror, Guatemala City, 1954-1984 (1994)