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 third year PhD student in the History department. She holds a B.A. in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, as well as an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New York University. Her M.A. thesis, awarded a Hirschhorn prize by the Center for Experimental Humanities in 2017, investigated the ideological and intellectual influences of John Foster Dulles. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, O'Donnell's research interests as a PhD student emphasize Latin American policymakers and ideology during the Cold War.

O'Donnell's dissertation project, tentatively titled "Defending La Argentina: Honorable Sovereignty and Citizenship in the Malvinas/Falklands War" examines the governing Argentine junta's discourse justifying war with Great Britain in 1982. Archival research in Buenos Aires funded by the Conference on Latin American History took place in July 2019. She expects to conduct further research during the 2020-2021 school year.

At UT Austin, O'Donnell serves as co-coordinator for the Symposium on Gender, History and Sexuality (2019-2020) and graduate affiliate coordinator for the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Social Justice. She is also a graduate fellow at the Clements Center for National Security since 2018. During the 2019-2020 school year, O'Donnell is working as a graduate research assistant at the Texas State Historical Association.