Indigenous politics, empires, and nation-states in Latin America, 18th to 20th century
Office: Harris Hall #335
Forrest Hylton (Ph.D. New York University, 2010) is an historian of Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically republican Bolivia and colonial New Granada. His work focuses on indigenous sovereignty and politics in relation to commodities and the formation of states and empires, as well as race, ethnicity, and kinship/lineage. He is currently revising a manuscript entitled Reverberations of Insurgency: Indian Communities, the Federal War of 1899, and the Regeneration of Bolivia, and is working on another project tentatively entitled Atlantic Homelands: Empire, War, and Authority in the Guajira and the Darién (New Granada), 1720-1831. He has received numerous prizes, awards, and fellowships for teaching and scholarship.
With Sinclair Thomson, he is co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (2007), which has been translated into French, and the author of Evil Hour in Colombia (2006), which has been translated into French and Portuguese, and is forthcoming in Spanish. With Thomson, Sergio Serulnikov, and Félix Patzi, he is an editor of and contributor to Ya es otro tiempo el presente: Cuatro momentos de insurgencia indígena (2003), now in its third printing.
With Lina Britto, he is co-producer and co-author of Espíritus Guerreros: La presencia de las luchas del siglo XVIII (Spanish-Wayuunayki with English sub-titles, Universidad de los Andes, 2012/Northwestern University 2014, 42 mins.).
He has taught at New York University, Harvard University, and the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). At Northwestern, he teaches courses on U.S.-Latin American relations since the 19th century; culture and revolution in Latin America in the 20th century; the social and cultural history of minerals and tropical commodities in modern Latin America and the Caribbean; and Native historicities in the Americas.