History Department
History Department

Ilan Palacios Avineri


B.A. in History, Willamette University

Graduate Student
Ilan Palacios Avineri

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Interests


Modern Central America, Political Ethics, Bodily Autonomy, State Repression, Evangelical Religiosity, Liberation Theologies, Protestant Reformations, Human Rights, Historical Memory

Biography


Ilan Palacios Avineri is a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is broadly focused on political ethics, bodily autonomy, and state repression in twentieth-century Central America. Specifically, he is interested in using oral histories to illuminate civilian conceptions of various governments moral authority during Guatemala’s protracted civil war.

His graduate work aims to build on undergraduate research he completed at Willamette University, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2019 with a degree in History. In his undergraduate thesis, Echoes of Silence: Oral Histories of the Guatemalan Civil War in Huehuetenango (1982-83),” Ilan elucidated divergent understandings of President Ríos Montt’s uniquely repressive regime through a series of interviews with Huehueteca/os.