History Department
History Department

Paula O'donnell


MA, New York University

Paula O'donnell

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Interests


20th Century Latin America, Third World nationalism, the Inter-American Cold War, masculinity, military culture

Biography


Paula O’Donnell is a PhD Candidate in the department of History. She holds a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New York University. Her M.A. thesis, awarded a Hirschhorn prize in 2017, investigates U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles’s intellectual and ideological influences. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, O’Donnell’s doctoral research emphasizes Latin American policymakers and discourse during the Cold War.

Her dissertation, “Defending La Argentina: Sovereignty and Honorable Citizenship in the Malvinas/Falklands War,” examines the Argentine military junta’s justifications for the 1982 military conflict with Great Britain over the South Atlantic archipelago. The project, informed by social science, feminist, and postcolonial theory, offers new insights into right-wing authoritarian nation-building in Cold War Latin America. Archival research in Buenos Aires funded by the AHA’s Conference on Latin American History took place in July 2019. O’Donnell expects to conduct further research during the 2020-2021 academic year.

At UT, O’Donnell is a graduate affiliate coordinator at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and a graduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security. O’Donnell previously served as co-coordinator for the Symposium on Gender, History and Sexuality. This semester, O’Donnell is a Supplemental Instructor for Dr. Rachel Ozanne’s The United States Since 1865.