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Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • E-mail
  • 407-823-3655
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2016-2017
  • Campus Location: CNH551
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  • Ph.D. from University of California Los Angeles (2002)
  • Certificate in Inter-Consortium for Political and Social Research from University of Michigan (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)

Research Interests

  • History of Latin America (19th and 20th centuries)
  • History of Technology and Science
  • Agricultural studies
  • Poverty, Inequality, and Development
  • Economic History
  • Industrialization

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). 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, 1860-1940. A primary aim of this second 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


  • 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



  • 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
  • 2009-2010, Santander Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University


  • 2016 Active Learning Course Innovation Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida
  • 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
  • 2002, Course Development Grant, U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant for Global Studies Program, St. Michael's College


  • 2016, "UCF Woman Making History” Award for service in UCF’s Parental Leave Policy, Center for the Success of Faculty Women, University of Central Florida, March


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: May 31, 2016

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