History Department
History Department

Alexander Chaparro-Silva

M.A. and B.A. (summa cum laude) in History, Universidad Nacional de Colombia


Latin American political, intellectual, conceptual, and public history; print culture and modern forms of sociability; race and gender relations in political history.


Drawing upon intellectual and cultural history, I research how historical subjects in the Americas imagined themselves and conceptualized the changing political order during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. 

My current research shows the ways Latin American intellectuals offered a sophisticated comparative reflection on the making of democracy in the region, the forging of hemispherical identities, and the importance of print culture in the ideas of race and the practice of citizenship. By understanding the whole hemisphere as a vibrant intellectual space to rethink global democracy during the nineteenth century, my research enriches our analytic palette to think about these historical problems today.

My articles have appeared in DieciochoAnuario Colombiano de Historia Social y de la Cultura, ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America, and Fronteras de la Historia. I am also the co-editor of Disfraz y Pluma de Todos: Opinión Pública y Cultura Política, Siglos XVIII y XIX (Bogota: Universidad Nacional de Colombia and University of Helsinki, 2012). 

I support history as a more public discourse and, as such, have contributed to digital history initiatives at Luis Angel Arango Library and the National Library of Colombia in Bogota. For the latter, I researched and curated the exhibition Antonio Nariño o la aventura del pensamiento. This also included the virtual exhibition Antonio Nariño (1765-1823): Lector y patriota, which offers a novel look at Nariño and the enlightened political culture of late eighteenth-century New Granada. 

If you have any questions regarding my work or the graduate program, I would be happy to hear from you. I can also be found on Twitter @AChaparroSilva.