Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. in History and Latin American Studies from University of California Los Angeles (2002)
  • Certificate in Statistical Methods from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1997)
  • M.A. in History from University of California Los Angeles (1996)
  • B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from University of California Los Angeles (1994)

Research Interests

  • History of Latin America (Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries)
  • History of Argentina
  • Industrialization 
  • Technology and Farm Machinery 
  • Poverty and Development Studies

Recent Research Activities

Yovanna Pineda is an Associate Professor of History and author of the book Industrial Development in a Frontier Economy: The industrialization of Argentina, 1890-1930 (Stanford, 2009). Her second book, Innovating Technologies: Farm Machinery Invention, Rituals, and Memory in Argentina, will challenge the perception that developing regions must remain persistently dependent on foreign technology to prosper. It is a user-focused technological history. Drawing on invention patents, the archives of family-owned factories, ethnography, and over seventy oral histories of the men and women who designed and used domestic farm machinery, Dr. Pineda shows that Argentine farmers did not merely tinker and tweak foreign designs but sparked an endogenous, grassroots program that developed the localized, technological skill necessary to produce machinery best suited to their needs. By the early twentieth century these farmers began taking out patents on machinery that was as technically advanced as foreign products but more useful: rugged designs allowed for year-round exposure to the elements, light-weight construction, and simpler, more intuitive controls required less training for operators. By the mid-twentieth century, Argentine farmers who had previously imported machinery were now exporting small quantities to manufacturers and sharing their engineering ideas about their marchinery to farm fields well beyond the Pampas, including in Brazil, Venezuela, and former Soviet bloc nations.

In addition to the book, Dr. Pineda is directing The Harvester, a companion documentary that explores farm machinery in Santa Fe province, Argentina. Located in the country’s fertile Pampas, this region was home to harvester and farm machinery companies during the twentieth century. Through interviews, archival footage, and narration, the film illustrates how the rise of the farm machine industry shaped a sense of community and identity that still exists there today.  

Dr. Pineda is also coordinating a virtual reality immersion project for college-level Courses, "African Life and Slave Experience in Brazil, Nineteenth Century," in collaboration with the History Department, Games Research Lab, and Africana Studies Program.

Selected Publications

Books

Articles/Essays

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Forthcoming "The Developmental State and the Agricultural Machinery Industry in Argentina," in edited volume, State and Nation-making in Latin America and Spain, 1930-1990, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming in 2018.

Awards

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • 2015, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, the Urban Studies Program, and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • 2009-2010, Santander Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University

RESEARCH (SELECTED)

  • 2018, Workshop Grant, Swiss National Science Foundation for "The Role of Users in Global Technological History." Co-organizer with Dr. Christiane Berth, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2017, Pauley Endowment Travel Award, History Department, University of Central Florida
  • 2015, Pauley Endowment Travel Award, History Department, University of Central Florida
  • 2014, Summer Stipends Award, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2014, Summer Seminar on Jewish Buenos Aires, National Endowment for the Humanities

TEACHING (SELECTED)

  • 2018, Participant, Virtual Reality and Education Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida
  • 2016, Participant, Active Learning Course Innovation Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida

Activities

Courses

No courses found for Spring 2019.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91235 WOH4208 History Global Drug Trade Rdce Time M,W 12:30PM - 1:20PM Unavailable
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61434 LAH4503 History of South America Rdce Time A Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:50PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11567 LAH4630 History of Modern Brazil Rdce Time M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Unavailable
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21181 WOH4208 History Global Drug Trade Rdce Time M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91068 LAH4503 History of South America Rdce Time M,W 1:30PM - 2:20PM Unavailable
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Updated: May 21, 2018