Visiting Assistant Professor
Latin American history, with a particular interest in the intersection of indigenous politics and the Age of Revolution.

Old Main 302, 651-696-6826

Jesse Zarley is a visiting assistant professor who specializes in Latin American history, with a particular interest in the intersection of indigenous politics and the Age of Revolution. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Maryland, and his B.A. in History and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies from the University of Wisconsin. His dissertation, Towards a Transandean Mapuche Politics: Ritual and Power in Chile and Argentina, 1790-1835, examines how leaders of unconquered indigenous groups in the Southern Cone used ritual negotiations, letter writing, and alliance making to defend their sovereignty during the transition from colony to nation.

Dr. Zarley’s transnational interests have led him to live, research, and share his findings in Chile, Argentina, and Spain, for which he received support from the UMD Latin American Studies Center, Fulbright IIE, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon/ACLS.