Elizabeth Hutchison

Professor

Photo: Elizabeth Hutchison

Email: ehutch@unm.edu
Phone: (505) 277-2266
Office: Mesa Vista Hall 2083

Education:

B.A. Comparative Study of Religion, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, 1986
M.A. Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Ph.D. History, University of California, Berkeley, 1995

Research Interests:

Latin American Labor History, Twentieth-Century Chile, Gender and Sexuality, Southern Cone , Human Rights, Religion, Cold War

Research Statement:

Her first book, Labors Appropriate to Their Sex (Duke, 2001), examined working-class women‘s role in Chile‘s economic development, labor movements, and reformist politics in the early twentieth century.  Her ongoing work on domestic service in Chile analyzes the changing labor relations of domestic service over the course of the twentieth century, linking questions about domestic servants’ employment, migration, family life, and political activity to broader class and ethnic relations in Chilean history. Dr. Hutchison was also the lead editor on The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke, 2013), and has recently begun new research on gender and human rights in the Southern Cone.

Profile:

Dr. Hutchison's professional trajectory has been deeply shaped by the political and economic context of twentieth-century Latin America, particularly U.S. intervention and the spread of authoritarian regimes. Concerns about social justice, democracy, and human rights have driven her engagement with Chilean history, as well as the study of labor, gender, and sexuality in 20th-century Latin America.

In addition to UNM, where she has worked since 1998, Dr. Hutchison has held visiting positions at the Instituto de Desarollo Económico y Social, Argentina (2012), the Instituto de Estudios de la Mujer at the Universidad de Granada, Spain (2006), the Universitat Romiro I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain (2005), the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (1999), and Colby and Bowdoin Colleges (1995-1998). She advises History and Latin American Studies graduate students who work on Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Cuba and Mexico, and topics that include body politics, indigenous movements, and disability history in twentieth-century Latin America.

Since 2014, Dr. Hutchison has worked with Dr. Kimberly Gauderman on "Asylum Advocacy," a project to build a comprehensive network of expert witnesses available to testify on behalf of Latin American victims of domestic violence, LGBT discrimination, and mother-child detention.  Director of the Feminist Research Institute, Dr. Hutchison also coordinates funding and activities for feminist faculty and graduate students at UNM, including interdisciplinary collaborations with feminist scholars in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Law.  

Recent/Select Publications:

Books:

The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Co-edited with Thomas Miller Klubock, Nara Milanich, and Peter Winn (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013)

Labors Appropriate to Their Sex: Gender, Labor, and Politics in Urban Chile, 1900-1930 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2001). Also published as Labores propias de su sexo, trans. Jacqueline Garreaud (Santiago: LOM Ediciones, 2006)

Disciplina y desacato: Construcción de identidad en Chile, siglos XIX y XX, with Lorena Godoy, Karin Rosemblatt and Soledad Zárate, eds.  (Santiago: SUR/CEDEM, 1995)

El Movimiento de derechos humanos en Chile, 1973-1990, with Patricio Orellana (Santiago: CEPLA, 1991)

Articles:

“The Problem of Domestic Service in Chile, 1924-1952,” Chapter in Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, Silke Neunsinger and Dirk Hoerder, eds., “Towards a Global History of Domestic Workers and Care Workers,” Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands, May 2015, pp. 511-29.

"Identidades y Alianzas: El movimiento de las Trabajadoras de Casa Particular en la Guerra Fría," Nuevo mundo, mundos nuevos (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), 11 April 2013

“Shifting Solidarities: The Politics of Household Workers in Chile, 1967-1988,” Hispanic American Historical Review 91:1 (February 2011): 129-162

"Women in Modern Latin American History," Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies, Jennifer Vafidis, ed., Oxford University Press, 2011

"Muchas Zitas: La Juventud Obrera Católica y las empleadas de casa particular," in Mujeres: Historias chilenas del siglo XX, ed. Julio Pinto Vallejos (Santiago: LOM Ediciones, 2011)

“Many Zitas: The Young Catholic Worker and Household Workers in Postwar Chile,” Labor: Studies in the Working-Class History of the Americas 6:4 (Winter 2009): 67-94

"From La mujer esclava to la mujer limón: Anarchism and the Politics of Sexuality in Chile, 1901-1926," Hispanic American Historical Review 81 (2110): 519-54

“La historia detrás de las cifras: La evolución del censo Chileno y la representación del trabajo femenino, 1895-1930,” Historia (Chile) 33 (2000): 417-34

“’El fruto envenenado del arbol capitalista’: Women Workers and the Prostitution of Labor in Urban Chile, 1896-1925," Journal of Women's History 9 (1998): 131-50

Awards:

Snead-Wertheim Endowed Lectureship (UNM), “Engendering Transition: Men, Women, and the Struggle for Human Rights in the Southern Cone,” 2013-2014

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, "From Servants to Workers: Domestic Service and the Rights of Labor in Twentieth-
Century Chile," Summer 2013

Fulbright Senior Lecturer, “Gender History in the Americas: Building Ties to Spain,”Universitat Romiro I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, Fall 2005

Courses:

UNM Lecture Courses:
Modern Latin America
Women in Modern Latin America
Latin American Religions
Chile and Argentina since 1820
Latin American Labor and Working-Class History
Military and Society in Latin America
The Other 9/11: Chilean Dictatorship
Latin American Film

UNM Graduate Seminars:
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
Historiography of Modern Latin America
Women's Rights in Latin America
Latin American Labor History
Public Violence in Latin America
Advanced Historical Methods
Dissertation/Professionalization Workshop

International Courses (Chile, Argentina, Spain):
Genero y Trabajo en America Latina
Mujeres de America Latina