Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Latin American and Economic History from University of California Los Angeles (2002)
  • Certificate in Statistical Methods from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1997)
  • M.A. in Latin American 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 Argentina
  • History of Technology
  • Industrialization and Capitalism
  • Poverty and Development Studies

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 research is on the history of technology, capitalism, and their meanings to the people who experienced it during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her second book, The Sensational Modern Machine: Rituals, Memory, and Invention of Rural Technology Culture in Argentina, 1860-2000, examines the ritual-making in the design, maintenance, and repair of machinery of harvesters and tractors. Drawing on ethnographic methods, archival sources, oral histories, and material culture, this interdisciplinary, international work analyzes the culture of farm machine-making and peoples’ emotional and sensory meanings of farm technology.

In addition to the book, Dr. Pineda is directing and co-editing/co-writing with Scott Launier, Stories of the Harvester, a companion documentary that explores the development of harvester combines in Argentina's fertile pampas region during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. This region was home to numerous domestic harvester and farm machinery companies. Through interviews, archival footage, and narration, the film illustrates how the rise of the combine industry during the heyday of import substitution also shaped a sense of community and identity that is still strong today. 

She is also the P.I. to two projects. First, she directs the Virtual Reality Middle Passage Experience, an immersive educational experience and historical series on the transatlantic slave trafficking during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The project consists of a research team of professors across Games and Interactive Media, Center for Humanities and Digital Research, Modern Languages and Literatures, Africana Studies, and History. The team has several research goals, including analyzing how VR could increase peoples' empathy and emotional learning of tragic events in history. Read more

She co-organizes with Dr. Christiane Berth (University of Costa Rica) a research group project, "Race, Gender, and Power in the History of Users of Global Technology." Read more

Selected Publications



  • "The Future of Work in a Historically Volatile Economy: Case Study of Farm Machinery Factories in Argentina," The Journal of International Affairs, 72:1 (Winter 2019): 159-171. 
  • "Farm Machinery Users, Designers and Government Policy in Argentina, 1861-1930," Agricultural History (Summer 2018).
  • "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," Vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 132-134.
  • “Graffiti Art, Protest and Memory in the Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires City.” The Metropole (The Official Blog of the Urban History Association). Special Series Metropolis of the Month for May 2018: Buenos Aires.
  • “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

Book Sections/Chapters

  • "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, 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


  • 2020, Mid-Career Grant, University of Central Florida
  • 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


  • 2018, Participant, Virtual Reality and Education Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida
  • 2016, Participant, Active Learning Course Innovation Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida



Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19496 LAH4780 Poverty & Devel in Latin Amer Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91921 LAH4503 History of South America Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp M,W 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM Unavailable
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No courses found for Summer 2020.

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No courses found for Fall 2019.

Updated: Jun 28, 2020