Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.
- 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)
- History of Latin America (Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries)
- History of Argentina
- Technology and Farm Machinery
- Poverty and Development Studies
- Global Activism
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
examines how Argentine farmers and blacksmiths in the nineteenth century continually improved on agricultural technology
imported from the United Kingdom and the United States. Drawing on invention
patents, the archives of family-owned factories, and over seventy oral
histories of the men and women who designed and used domestic farm machinery,
Pineda proves 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, Argentinian farmers who
had previous imported machinery were now exporting manufacturers, selling their
harvesters and combines to farm fields well beyond the Pampas, including in
Brazil, Venezuela, and the former Soviet bloc nations.
In conjunction with
this project, Pineda is directing The Harvester, a companion documentary that explores the history of the Santa Fe region of Argentina.
Located in the country’s fertile Pampas, this region was home to harvester and farm
machinery companies during the twentieth century, and, through interviews,
archival footage, and narration, the film illustrates how the rise of this
industry shaped a sense of community and identity that still exists there today. It is not too much to
say that in Santa Fe, the domestic harvester was not just a source of profit
but of deep pride, and the film awakens us the fact that technological
innovation not only exists in developing nations but thrives in the most
unexpected of places.
- Forthcoming "Farm Machinery Users, Designers and Government
Policy in Argentina, 1861-1930," Agricultural History (Summer 2018).
- Forthcoming "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" (Spring 2018).
- “Gendering Poverty in Labor
Legislation in Argentina, 1900-1930.” Activist
History Review (September 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 2017).
- Technology in Latin America’s Past and Present: New
Evidence from the Patent Records. Co-authored with Edward Beatty and Patricio
Sáiz. Latin American Research Review,
Vol. 52, no. 1 (March 2017).
- “History and
Belonging: First-Generation Latino/a Students and the Discipline’s Future.” Perspectives on History, Newsmagazine of the American Historical
Association (December 2016).
- “Gender‐Based Legislation and Female Labor Productivity in Argentine Factories, 1895‐1935.” Estudios Económicos, Vol. XXIX no. 58 (January‐June 2012), 39‐61.
- “Financing Manufacturing Innovation in Argentina, 1890-1930,” Business History Review, Vol. 83 (Autumn 2009), 539-562
- “Manufacturing Profits and Strategies in Argentine Industrial Development, 1904-1930,” Business History, Vol. 49, no. 2 (March 2007), 186-210
- “Sources of Finance and Reputation: Merchant Finance Groups in Argentine Industrialization, 1890-1930,” Latin American Research Review, Vol. 41, no. 2 (June 2006), 3-30
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 2013, Research Development Travel Award, College of
Arts and Humanities Research Office, University of Central Florida
- 2013, Pauley Endowment Travel Award, History Department, University of Central Florida
- 2011-2012, In-House Research Grants, Office of Research and Commercialization, University of Central Florida
- 2018, Participant, Virtual Reality and Education Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central
- 2016, Participant, Active Learning Course Innovation
Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central
- 2013, Faculty Fellow, Writing across the Curriculum
Program, University of Central Florida
- 2011, Equipment and Software Support Grant for Teaching, Center for the Humanities and Digital Research, University of Central Florida
- 2010, Course Design and Development Training
(80 hours), Center for Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida
Ongoing Spatial Visualization and Virtual Reality Projects
- Organizer, Virtual Reality Immersion Project for Undergraduate Courses, "African Life and Slave Experience in Brazil, Nineteenth Century," History Department in collaboration with Computer Science and Africana Studies Program.
- Designer and director, "Spatial Visualization of Patented Inventions in Argentina, 1866-1914"
No courses found for Summer 2017.
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No courses found for Summer 2018.
No courses found for Fall 2018.
No courses found for Spring 2019.
Updated: Feb 21, 2018