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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)
  • 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 (Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries)
  • History of Technology and Science
  • Rural studies
  • Economic History
  • Industrialization

Recent Research Activities

Yovanna Pineda is an 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 Technology: Farm Machinery Use, Invention and Memory in Argentina and on a companion documentary, The Birthplace of the Harvester. A primary aim of the book is to challenge the perception that developing regions tend to trail behind more developed areas and persistently depend on foreign technologies. It examines how Argentine farmers and blacksmiths in the nineteenth century improved their local technological competencies by tinkering with transferred farm technologies from the United Kingdom and the United States to the point that by the early twentieth century, they began inventing their own farm machinery and methods. Drawing on invention patents, the archives of family-owned factories, and over fifty oral histories of the men and women involved in creating and working domestic farm machinery, Pineda demonstrates that Argentine inventors and manufacturers designed their machinery for practical local use, not just profit and market share. As a result, they developed farm machinery as technically advanced as those in more economically advanced nations because of their simple, light-weight, and rugged designs for perennial outdoor exposure that enabled anyone with minimal training to operate the machinery. By the mid-twentieth century, they produced farm machinery and exported to farm fields well beyond the Pampas, including in Brazil, Venezuela, and the former Soviet bloc nations. 

My historical documentary The Birthplace of the Harvester delves into the past of San Vicente, Santa Fe, a small town in Argentina that was home to three harvester-combine companies during the twentieth century. The film explores the memories of the engineers and farmers that created the machinery and follows the experiences of the men and women who used it. It promises to explain the importance of users and technology in the creation of identity and even community. One example of this is the fact that despite the closure of all the harvester companies by the late twentieth century, the town proudly still hosts the annual Harvester-Combine Festival and the harvester legacy lives on through cherished symbols and artifacts. The factories shutting down in San Vicente was not the death of the town, but only one stage in a longer struggle that highlights the passion of the local community.  

Pineda has presented her research at international conferences in Argentina, Germany, France, Brazil, Portugal, Japan, and Finland, as well as at 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, 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
  • 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: Oct 3, 2016

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