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  • Eve Buckley, Associate Professsor in the History Department at the University of Delaware

    Associate Professsor
    Director, Latin American & Iberian Studies Program
    University of Delaware
    123 John Munroe Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    M/F 11:30-12:30


    ​Eve Buckley studies the history of science, medicine, health and environment in twentieth-century Latin America, particularly Brazil. She is interested in the use of science and technology to address problems of poverty and underdevelopment in postcolonial societies. Her book Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth-Century Brazil (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) was recently awarded the 2018 Humanities Book Prize by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. The book also received Honorable Mention, Warren Dean prize, Conference on Latin American History in 2018.  This work examines development projects in Northeast Brazil’s hinterland drought zone, focusing on dam construction, the establishment of irrigated smallholder colonies, and public health surveys. Prof. Buckley’s current research centers on the career and influence of Brazilian physician Josué de Castro. This new book is provisionally entitled Hunger Politics in the Early Cold War: Brazilian Critiques of Overpopulation Orthodoxy. Prof. Buckley received a BA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate school, she worked for several years in science museum education. She grew up outside Columbus, Ohio, and now lives in Newark with her husband and sons.



    • Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth-Century Brazil. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Awarded the 2018 Humanities Book Prize by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Honorable Mention, Warren Dean prize, Conference on Latin American History, 2018.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    • "Overpopulation Debates in Latin America during the Cold War," Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History
    • “Drought in the sertão as a natural or social phenomenon: establishing the Inspetoria Federal de Obras Contra as Secas, 1909-1923,” Boletim do Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi: Ciências Humanas (Brazil), special issue, História, Ciência e Natureza (v. 5 n. 2, 2010), pp. 379-398.
    • “Political Impediments to Technological Diffusion in Northeast Brazil, 1909-1964,” Comparative Technology Transfer & Society, v. 7 (2) August 2009, pp. 146-171.





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