History Department
History Department

Gabrielle Esparza

M.A. History, University of Texas at Austin


20th Century Argentina, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, Trauma and Memory Studies, Inter-American Cold War


Gabrielle Esparza is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, working with Dr. Jonathan Brown. She is a historian of Latin America, with a focus on twentieth-century Argentine history. Her current research interests include democratization, transitional justice, and human rights.

Gabrielle holds a B.A. in History and Spanish from Illinois College and received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina in 2017. There she taught at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata. She graduated with her M.A. in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her master’s thesis The Politics of Human Rights Prosecutions: Civil Military Relations during the Alfonsín Presidency, 1983-1989 examines the evolution of President Raúl Alfonsín’s human rights policies from his candidacy to his presidency, which followed Argentina’s most repressive dictatorship. Her master’s thesis won the 2021 Perry Prize for Best Master’s Thesis/Report.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Gabrielle has served as a graduate research assistant at the Texas State Historical Association and contributed to the organization’s Handbook of Texas. She served as co-coordinator of the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality in 2020-2021. Currently, she is Associate Editor of Not Even Past.