History Department
History Department

Ilan Palacios Avineri

B.A. in History, Willamette University

Graduate Student



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


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, Christian theologies, and state repression in 20th century Central America. Specifically, he is interested in using oral histories to illuminate civilian conceptions of various governments moral authority, or lack thereof, 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 Rios Montt’s uniquely repressive regime through a series of interviews with Huehueteca/os.









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