PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988
John Charles Chasteen is a cultural historian of Latin America whose work has explored topics ranging from gaucho knife fights and guerrilla insurgencies to the history of carnival and popular dance. His research interests center chronologically on the nineteenth century and extend geographically to Brazil, the Caribbean, and the Río de la Plata. His persistent theme in half a dozen books has been the development of Latin American nationalisms and national identities. Chasteen is currently at work translating a volume of short stories by the renowned nineteenth-century Brazilian author Joaquim Machado de Assis.