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Waskar Ari-Chachaki

Waskar Ari-Chachaki

Assistant Professor of History and Ethnic Studies/Latin American Studies

Contact Information:

631 OLDH

Department of History
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588, USA
Phone: (402) 472-3250
Fax: (402) 472-8839
E-mail: email address

Curriculum Vitae: Waskar Ari-Chachaki CV

Joined the Department:

August 2007

I am a historian of nineteenth- and twentieth- century Latin American nation-states and how they intersect with indigenous peoples and coloniality; my work particularly emphasizes race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. My book, Earth Politics: Coloniality, Religion and Bolivia's AMP Indigenous Intellectuals, 1921-1971 is currently under contract for publication by Duke University Press. I am now working on four new projects: 1) A study of indigenous women,land tenure, and civil rights in the private and public spheres from 1825 to 1971. This study will also address the Aymara cultural context and how indigenous women dealt with the experience of coloniality. 2) A history of Bolivian sexualities that will address homosexuality and heterosexuality between 1930-1980 by exploring specific cases in indigenous communities during a time when Bolivian patriarchy was being restructured. 3) A study of the young Evo Morales in the period from 1953 to 1979 that emphasizes the history of post-revolutionary Bolivia, global politics, and the Cold War. This work will consider discourses of masculinity and gender in the context of Morales's indigenous life and the long history of the Bolivian labor movement. 4) A comparative study of the Indian leaders Pablo Zarate Willka (1850-1905) in the Andes and Standing Bear (1834-1908) in the Great Plains. This comparative project will explore the making of alternative public spheres, ideas about citizenship, and their appropriation by North American Indians and South American indigenous peoples.

I teach a range of courses on Latin America and Caribbean history with an emphasis on Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Guatemala. For lower-level undergraduates, I teach Power and Culture in Latin America, Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, and World History Post-1500. For upper level undergraduates and graduates I teach Race in Modern Latin America, Gender and Sexuality, History of Brazil, and Latin America and Global Relations. I occasionally teach in the honors program and the Latin American pro-seminar, which is cross-listed in other 5 departments.


  • Indigenous Peoples
  • International Relations
  • Latin America
  • Social
  • World


Ph.D., History, Georgetown University, Washington, DC., May 20, 2005.

M.A., Studies of Democracy, CIDES, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, 1996.

B.A., Rural Sociology, Department of Sociology, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, 1992.


Visiting Professor at Departments of History and Sociology, Universidad Mayor de San Andres, UMSA, La Paz-Bolivia,2006 - 2007.

Visiting Assistant Professor, History Department, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.,2005.

Adjunct Professor, History Department, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.,2004.

Visiting Professor, Department of Sociology, Universidad de San Andrés, 1996 - 1993.

Visiting Professor at Department of Anthropology, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. 1992 - 1993.


Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. Historia de una Esperanza: Milenarismo, Rebelion, Resistencia y Conciencia Campesina - Indigena. Aruwiyiri, 1994.


Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. "Aymara Movements (Katarismo)" Encyclopedia of the Modern World. (2007).
Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. "Historia y Presente del Factor Raza" Fe y Pueblo. (2007).
Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. "La Politica y sus Modelos: El Estado y el Movimiento Indigena en Sur de Cochabamba, Bolivia" Temas Sociales. (1997).

Invited Lectures:

Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. "Fluidarity and Aboriginal Nationalism in Bolivia, 1899-2005." Sawer Seminar, New College, Univerisity of Toronto, 2006.
Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. "La politica Aymara, Mapuche y Maya en la Construccion del Estado Nacion en Bolivia, Chile, y Guatemala." Mapuche International Conference, Siegen, Germany, 2002.

Research Grants, Awards, and Fellowships:

Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. "Gender, Development and Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia." Fellowship.
Ari-Chachaki, Waskar. "Race and Resources in Latin America." Post Doctoral Fellowship.