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Forrest Hylton

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D., New York University, 2010
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Latin American and Caribbean History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Latin American and the Caribbean; Native Histories of the Americas; Race and Ethnicity; Violence and State Formation; Bolivia and Colombia


Forrest Hylton (Ph.D., New York University, 2010), studies power, politics, and authority among the Aymara in modern Bolivia and the Wayúu in colonial New Grenada, in relation to markets, states, and empires. 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), 1696-1831. He has taught at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá) and Harvard University and has received numerous prizes, awards, and fellowships for teaching and scholarship.

Affiliated Programs


  • La Horrible Noche: El Conflicto Armado Colombiano en Perspectiva Histórica (Medellín: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, forthcoming), translation of Evil Hour in Colombia.
  • “‘The Sole Owners of the Land’: Empire, War, and Authority in the Guajira Peninsula (New Granada), 1768-1779,” Atlantic Studies 13:3 (2016), 1-30.
  • “Medellín, Cambio Extremo,” Ensayos de Economía (Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Medellín) 23: 44 (2014), 13-30, translation of “Remaking Medellín,” New Left Review 44.
  • “The Experience of Defeat: The Colombian Left in the Cold War without End,” Historical Materialism 22:1 (2014), 67-104.
  • “Editorial,” Colombia Internacional 73, enero-junio 2011, 3-20 (Special Issue on Latin American Cities: History, Memory, and Political Culture).
  • “‘Now is Not Your time; it’s Ours’: Insurgent Confederation, “Race War,” and Liberal State-Formation in the Bolivian Federal War of 1899,” South Atlantic Quarterly 110:2, Spring 2011, 487-503.
  • “Plan Colombia as the Measure of Success,” Brown Journal of World Affairs 17:1, Fall/Winter 2010, 99-115.
  • “War Without End: Paramilitary Modernization in Medellín,” in Greg Grandin and Gilbert M. Joseph, eds., A Century of Revolution in Latin America: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence in Latin America’s Long Cold War (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), 338-69.
  • With Sinclair Thomson, prologue by Adolfo Gilly, Horizons Révolutionnaires, Histoire et Actualité Politiques de la Bolivie (Paris: IMHO, 2010), translation of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics.
  • A Revolucão em Colombia (Sao Paulo: Editora Universidade Nacional de Sao Paulo, 2010), series editor Emilia Viotti da Costa, translation of Evil Hour in Colombia
  • Les Heures Sombres en Colombie (Paris: IMHO, 2008), translation of Evil Hour in Colombia.
  • With Sinclair Thomson, prologue by Adolfo Gilly, Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (New York and London: Verso, 2007).
  • Prologue by Gonzalo Sánchez Gómez, Evil Hour in Colombia (New York and London: Verso, 2006). 
  • With Felix Patzi, Segio Serulnikov, and Sinclair Thomson, intr. by Adolfo Gilly, Ya es Otro Tiempo el Presente: Cuatro Momentos de Insurgencia Indígena (La Paz: Muela del Diablo, 2003).  

Teaching Interests

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 histories and historicities in the Americas. 

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Fellowship, Charles Warren Center for American History, Harvard University, 2016-17. 
  • Steven Botein Teaching Prize, History & Literature, Harvard University, 2013-14.
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