Steven J. Hirsch

Professor of Practice, Global Studies
PhD, George Washington University
research interests:
  • Anarchism in modern Peruvian history
  • Labor and political history in the Andean Republics (Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia)
  • Populism in Latin America
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    Steven Hirsch is a historian of Modern Latin America with a specialization in Peruvian history. His research centers on anarchist movements and networks in Peru and their attendant transregional and transnational interactions, cross-fertilizations and emancipatory struggles. In addition, his research also focuses on the discursive, class, gender, ethnic, and racial dimensions of the Peruvian APRA Party and Latin American populism. With the exception of his secondary teaching interest in ‘The Vietnam Wars’ and in anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism, and political violence in Southeast Asian history, his research and teaching interests overlap.

    Hirsch received a PhD in Latin America History from The George Washington University; a M.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and a B.A. degree in History from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    Selected Publications 

    Radical Encounters: Anarchists, Marxists, and Nationalists in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870s-1940s, (Routledge, 2021).  Co-edited with Lucien van der Walt.

    “Anarchists and ‘the Indian Problem’ in Peru, 1898-1927,” Anarchist Studies, 28-2, 2020, 54-75.

    “Indigeneity and Latin American Anarchism,” Anarchist Studies, 28-2, 2020, 7-18. co-authored with Geoffroy de Laforcade.

    “Anarquismo, subalternidad y repertories de la resistencia en el norte de Perú, 1898-1932,” en Historias de Anarquistas: Ideas y Rutas, Letras y Escenas,” eds. Alejandro de la Torre y Miguel Orduña, México, D.F.: Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia, 2018.

     “Anarchism, the Subaltern, and Repertoires of Resistance in Northern Perú, 1898-1932,” in No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms, eds. Barry Maxwell and Raymond Craib, Oakland: PM Press, 2015, 215-232.

    “Anarchist Visions of Race and Space in Northern Perú, 1898-1922,” in In Defiance of Boundaries, Anarchism in Latin American History, eds. Kirwin Shaffer and Geoffroy de Laforcade, Gainesville: University Press of Florida, (August, 2015).

    Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Post-Colonial World, 1870-1940, Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010. Co-edited with Lucien van der Walt.

    Works in Progress

    “Study, Organize, Rebel”: A History of Anarchism in Peru, 1885-1932,” (in preparation).

    Social Revolutionary Visions: Latin American Anarchism(s) in the Wake of the Bolshevik Revolution (in preparation). Co-edited with Geoffroy de Laforcade.


    L97 GS 111 The Vietnam Wars

    L97 GS 356 Andean History: Culture and Politics

    L97 GS 364 Anarchism: History, Theory, Praxis

    L97 GS 4201 International Relations of Latin America

    L97 GS 4611 Latin American Populism and Neopopulism

    L97 GS 4622 Labor and Labor Movements in Global History

    L97 GS 4633 20th Century Latin American Revolutions