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Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
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  • 407-823-3655
  • Office Hours: Spring 2016, W, 10:00-12:00pm
  • Campus Location: CNH540
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  • Ph.D. from University of California Los Angeles (2002)

Research Interests

  • History of Latin America (19th and 20th centuries)
  • History of Technology and the Philosophy of Science
  • Economic History
  • Poverty and Inequality

Recent Research Activities

Yovanna Pineda is Associate Professor of History. She is author of the book Industrial Development in a Frontier Economy: The industrialization of Argentina, 1890-1930 (Stanford, 2009). Through network analysis of directorial boards, forensic accounting to assess profits, and cultural analysis of directors’ social connections from 1890-1930, the book demonstrated that the entrepreneurs best connected to government and banks were most influential in creating a domestic manufacturing sector that primarily benefited them, despite their rhetoric of wanting to build a self-sufficient industrial sector. The industry that elite leaders protected became a highly inefficient sector that only partially satisfied domestic demand. It was characterized by one or two large firms surrounded by a constellation of small shops per manufacturing activity—this pattern continued through the 1980s. 

She will be on sabbatical during the 2016-2017 academic year to work on her second book project, Harvesting Innovation: Agricultural Science, Technology, and Memory in Argentina, 1850-1950. A primary aim of the book is to challenge the perception that developing regions tend to trail behind more developed areas and are persistently dependent on foreign technologies. It examines how Argentine farmers improved their local technological competencies by tinkering with transferred agricultural technologies from the United Kingdom and the United States and eventually inventing their own farm machinery and methods. By analyzing both national data and five subnational case studies over a century (1850-1950), she shows that technological change in Argentina led to new agricultural inventions as technically advanced as those in developed nations. Although transferred technologies from abroad helped increase local competency in Argentina, farmers failed to diffuse their inventions beyond circumscribed geographical regions, much less outside the country. As a result, their inventions of seeds and heavy machinery were not internationally recognized in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

She has presented her research at international conferences in Argentina, Germany, France, Brazil, Portugal, Japan, and Finland, as well as to more than twenty national and regional conferences. She gratefully acknowledges financial support for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Central Florida. In addition to her research, Dr. Pineda teaches core classes and interdisciplinary electives for the History Department and Latin American Studies Program. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin American history, the Atlantic World, History of Science, and Poverty and Inequality. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Pineda promotes undergraduate and graduate student research. She has reviewed articles for the UCF Undergraduate Research Journal, has been a judge at the UCF Graduate Research Symposium, and has been a fellow of the Writing Across the Curriculum program with a focus on learning assessment. She has served her profession through such activities as contributing to the Library of Congress's Handbook of Latin American Studies and reviewing articles and book manuscripts for such publishers as the Journal of Latin American Studies and Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications


  • Industrial Development in a Frontier Economy: The Industrialization of Argentina, 1890-1930, Stanford University Press, 2009


  • Forthcoming

    Technology in Latin America’s Past and Present: A Research Note on Comparative Studies of Invention Patents in Cuba, Mexico, and Argentina. Co-authored with Edward Beatty and Patricio Sáíz. Latin American Research Review

  • “Gender‐Based Legislation and Female Labor Productivity in Argentine Factories, 1895‐1935.” Estudios Económicos, Vol. XXIX no. 58 (January‐June 2012), pp. 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


Selected (and most recent):

  • 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, 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
  • Spring 2011, Equipment and Software Support Grant for Research, Center for the Humanities and Digital Research, University of Central Florida
  • 2009-2010, Santander Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University


No courses found for Spring 2017.

No courses found for Fall 2016.

No courses found for Summer 2016.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19030 AMH4112 The Atlantic World Face2Face Tu,Th 3:00PM - 4:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
19039 HIS3462 History of Science Face2Face Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:15PM Not Online
No Description Available
11825 LAH3200 Modern Latin America Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91015 LAH4512 Modern Argentina Rdce Time M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Not Online
No Description Available
91016 LAH4780 Poverty & Devel in Latin Amer Face2Face M,W,F 10:30AM - 11:20AM Not Online
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2015.

Updated: Mar 5, 2016

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