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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 an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New York University. O'Donnell's 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, her research interests include Latin American discourses and military culture during the Cold War.

O'Donnell's dissertation, “Defending La Argentina: Sovereignty and Honorable Citizenship in the Malvinas/Falklands War,” examines the Argentine military junta’s justifications for the 1982 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. A Graduate School Continuing Fellowship will fund 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. She previously served as co-coordinator for the Symposium on Gender, History and Sexuality. During the 2020-2021 school year, O’Donnell worked as Supplemental Instructor for the course The United States Since 1865, first for Dr. Rachel Ozanne and next for Dr. Jeremi Suri.