History Department Faculty

María de los Ángeles Picone

Assistant Professor




I am a historian of Modern Latin America with an interest in nation-making, border regions, spatial history, and the environment.

My current book project examines how people in the Northern Patagonian Andes, a border region between Chile and Argentina, created new understandings of the nation through their regional, often cross-border experiences of a space. This study shows how different actors –namely explorers, settlers, authorities, visitors, and bandits– sought to make Patagonia their own by transforming a collection of geographical sites into a landscape that evoked a shared past and a common future.

At Boston College, I teach Modern Latin American history and topic-based courses on borders and spatial history.

Prior to coming to Boston College, I was a Graduate Fellow in Digital Publishing at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (Emory University).