Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Latin American and Economic History from University of California Los Angeles (2002)
  • Certificate in Statistical Methods from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1997)
  • M.A. in Latin American 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 
  • History of Argentina
  • History of Technology 
  • Industrialization and Capitalism 
  • Poverty and Development Studies in Latin America & Global South
  • Aesthetics of Technology

Recent Research Activities

Dr. Yovanna Pineda is an associate professor in the UCF Department of History, specializing in the history of technology and economic history in Argentina.  As a historian of industrial capitalism, Pineda works with material culture, ideas, and aesthetics of technology.  She is author of Industrial Development in a Frontier Economy: The Industrialization of Argentina, 1890-1930 (Stanford, 2009). Her ongoing manuscript, Sensational Machines: Technē Culture in Argentina,Sensational Machines: Technē Culture in Argentina, examines the aesthetics of the design, maintenance, and repair of heavy machinery, such as harvesters and tractors. Drawing on ethnographic methods, archival sources, oral histories, rumor, social media, and material culture, this transdisciplinary work charts the genealogy of technological culture in Argentina. It analyzes the development of peoples’ emotional and sensory meanings of cutting-edge technology during the 20th century. Dr. Pineda also experiments with game design and film for use in her historical research and teaching. https://yovannapineda.com/

She is co-editing a volume on aesthetics of technology in Latin America with Assistant Professor Diana Montaño (Washington University at St. Louis) and Independent Scholar Lucas Izquierdo. The volume focuses on Latin American technological aesthetics and design through an in-depth exploration of state modernization projects for the urban and rural environments and individual users who reimagined or reconfigured the aesthetics of technological devices as these were domesticated in their context of use. Expanding the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries scholars in the volume (1) explore how these imaginaries are/were informed and are informed by the politics of design and aesthetics (2) underline the way these imaginaries are not only textual but visual and aural, (3) and, how users altered and reinvented the aesthetics/design of technological devices to meet their cultural and personal values, needs and desires. The group will be meeting online during 2022-2023: https://chstm.org/content/aesthetic-and-design-latin-american-technology-0

Selected Publications

Books

Films

Articles/Essays

  • Yovanna Pineda (2022). Spaces of Design & Repair in Twentieth Century Argentine Factories, Histories of Maintenance and Repair Workshop. Université du Luxembourg, C2DH Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History, https://repair.uni.lu/blog/spaces-of-design-repair-in-twentieth-century-argentine-factories/

  • Yovanna Pineda (2020). Ways of Seeing Maintenance and Repair, Argentina, Technology Stories, vol. 8, no. 2 (September). http://www.technologystories.org/ways-of-seeing-maintenance-and-repair-argentina/
  • Yovanna Pineda, Christiane Berth, & Mikael Wolfe (2020). Dialogues: History of Technology in Africa and the Americas in the Twentieth Century,” Technology Stories, vol. 8, no. 2 (September). http://www.technologystories.org/dialogues/
  • Emily Johnson, Amy Giroux, and Yovanna Pineda (2020). Work-In-Progress Paper: Context is Key in Immersive Learning Environments, Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN), conference proceedings, Summer, no. 129.
  • Yovanna Pineda (2020). International and Local Collaboration in the Social Design of the Harvester in Argentina during the Long Twentieth Century (1900-2010)Historia Agraria de América Latina (HAAL, ISSN 2452-5162), April, 1(1): pp. 70-93.

  • Yovanna Pineda (2019). "The Future of Work in a Historically Volatile Economy: Case Study of Farm Machinery Factories in Argentina," The Journal of International Affairs, 72:1 (Winter): 159-171. 
  • Yovanna Pineda (2018). "Farm Machinery Users, Designers and Government Policy in Argentina, 1861-1930," Agricultural History (Summer).
  • Yovanna Pineda (2018). "Civic Engagement and Empowering Our Students," Women, Gender, and Families of Color in special issue, "Trump's America? Disquiet Campus? Marginalized College Students, Faculty, and Staff Reflect on Learning, Working, Living, and Engaging," Vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring): 132-134.
  • Yovanna Pineda (2018). “Graffiti Art, Protest and Memory in the Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires City.” The Metropole (The Official Blog of the Urban History Association). Special Series Metropolis (May): https://themetropole.blog/2018/05/14/graffiti-art-protest-and-memory-in-the-plaza-de-mayo-buenos-air...
  • “Gendering Poverty in Labor Legislation in Argentina, 1900-1930.Activist History Review (September 2017).
  • Yovanna Pineda (2017). El ‘Nilo de Argentina’: Proyectos para el manejo del agua y medio ambiente a lo largo del Río Negro, 1880-1910, (“The ‘Nile’ of Argentina: The Irrigation Projects of the Río Negro, 1880-1910”), translated by Maria Eugenia Vásquez. Revista de Historia Internacional (ISTOR), Special Series on Environmental History, Año XVIII, No. 69 (Summer). 
  • Edward Beatty, Yovanna Pineda, and Patricio Sáiz (2017). Technology in Latin America’s Past and Present: New Evidence from the Patent Records. Latin American Research Review, Vol. 52, no. 1 (March). 
  • Yovanna Pineda (2016). History and Belonging: First-Generation Latino/a Students and the Discipline’s FuturePerspectives on History, Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association (December).
  • Yovanna Pineda (2012). Gender‐Based Legislation and Female Labor Productivity in Argentine Factories, 1895‐1935. Estudios Económicos, Vol. XXIX no. 58 (January‐June), 39‐61.
  • Yovanna Pineda (2009). Financing Manufacturing Innovation in Argentina, 1890-1930, Business History Review, Vol. 83 (Autumn), 539-562.
  • Yovanna Pineda (2007). Manufacturing Profits and Strategies in Argentine Industrial Development, 1904-1930, Business History, Vol. 49, no. 2 (March), 186-210.
  • Yovanna Pineda (2006). Sources of Finance and Reputation: Merchant Finance Groups in Argentine Industrialization, 1890-1930, Latin American Research Review, Vol. 41, no. 2 (June), 3-30.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Yovanna Pineda (2018). "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).

Exhibition

  • Yovanna Pineda (2020). VR Middle Passage Experience: Its Significance in History and the BLM Movement of 2020. Original plan for Exhibit & Installation at the City Arts gallery in downtown Orlando, Florida, 16 July – August 15, 2020. Owed to COVID19, exhibit shown as a short film on website directed and produced by Yovanna Pineda, https://yovannapineda.com/virtual-reality/, Producer and director.

Podcasts/Digital Media Projects

  • Yovanna Pineda (2020). Middle Passage Experience, 1780-1850 (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality) is an interactive VR/AR simulation of the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the Americas.  This collaborative project coordinated from 2017-2020 involved faculty and students from History, Africana Studies, Games and Interactive Media, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Computer Science.  Website: https://yovannapineda.com/virtual-reality/, Creator and director. 

Creative Publications

Miscellaneous Publications

Awards

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, the Urban Studies Program, and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford, California, Spring 2015
  • Winter & Spring 2015: Visiting Scholar, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford, California, Winter & Spring 2015
  • Visiting Scholar, Special Collections of Latin America, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Summer 2011
  • Santander Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2009-2010
  • Visiting Library Scholar, Consortium on Latin American Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2008

RESEARCH (SELECTED)

  • 2020, Mid-Career Grant, University of Central Florida
  • 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)

  • 2021, Participant, Contemplative Pedagogy Workshop, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida
  • 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

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20151 LAH4738 Modern Design in Latin America Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81637 LAH4503 History of South America Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable
No Description Available
93300 LAH4738 Modern Design in Latin America Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51579 LAH3130 Latin American History Ⅰ Web-Based (W) A Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11394 LAH4512 Modern Argentina Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable
This course examines the fascinating historical life of Argentina, the country and people. Once considered one of the wealthiest top ten nations in the world, it became a model of instability after the Second World War. (i.e., How do you keep functioning despite losing everything again and again?) This nation is constantly moving —the impact of modernization, urban design, immigration, export-led growth, debt, military coups, and industrialization—partially explain Argentina’s unique development across three centuries. Most recently in the 21st century, Argentine regions have effectively adapted to global socio-economic conditions that have devastated other global economies. Despite the global chaos, COVID19, its melting neighbor the Antarctic, and other global disasters, it remains a player in the global economy (G20 country) and a leader in populist and social welfare policies. 
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93523 HIS4150 History and Historians Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable
Nerd out on your favorite historical topic, and join the journey of understanding how to do professional, unbiased, rigorous research. 
92233 LAH4503 History of South America Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Unavailable
South America is among one of the most diverse, beautiful places on the planet. Come learn what makes its countries tick, understand its historical legacies and processes. 
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61899 LAH3130 Latin American History Ⅰ Web-Based (W) B Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: Jun 28, 2022