Juri Bottura

Juri Bottura specializes in Latin American history, with an emphasis on modern Brazil. He is also interested in the interdisciplinary field of Latin American studies, and in the global history of fascism and the radical right.

His current research project focuses on the formation of a political culture that exalted rural life and agriculture, and advocated for a reorganization of Brazil via reformist interventions on the countryside. This peculiar form of agrarianism gained momentum in the 1930s, in a phase that, for the combination of domestic and international factors, seemed propitious for the launch of an alternative path to modernization. Methodologically, the research combines history of ideas and intellectuals with political history, but also pays attention to the contributions of economic, social, and cultural history.

Juri holds a Laurea Magistrale (equivalent to a combined BA and MA) in History and Geography from his hometown Università degli Studi di Trento (Italy), an MA in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University, and an MA in History from Northwestern University. He studied, volunteered and worked in several Latin American and European countries (Honduras, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom), and has teaching experiences in the fields of international, Latin American and European history, Latin American studies, and Italian.