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)
- History of Latin America (Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries) and History of Argentina
- History of Technology in the Global South
- Industrialization and Capitalism
- Poverty and Development Studies in Latin America & Global South
- Aesthetics and Design of Farm Technology
Recent Research Activities
Dr. Yovanna Pineda is an associate professor in the UCF Department of History, specializing in the history of technology and economic history in Argentina and the Global South. As a historian of industrialization and capitalism, Pineda works with material culture, aural and visual aesthetics of industrial machinery. She examines the meanings and values that people place on machines and the sentiment they feel about technology. Her work is interdisciplinary, using ethnographic, archival, oral histories, and material culture to derive the meanings of technology in Argentine communities. She authored Industrial Development in a Frontier Economy: The Industrialization of Argentina, 1890-1930 (Stanford, 2009). Her monograph-in-progress, Sensational Machines: Technē-Culture in Argentina, examines the ritual and myth-making in the design, maintenance, and repair of harvesters and tractors. Drawing on ethnographic methods, archival sources, oral histories, rumor, film, social media, and material culture, this trans-disciplinary work charts the genealogy of technological culture in Argentina. It analyzes the 200-year development of peoples’ emotional and sensory meanings of cutting-edge technology during the long 19th-20th centuries.
She directed a short documentary based on her field research, Stories of the Harvester. 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. Available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/395115057
Dr. Pineda also directs the Middle Passage Experience, an interactive VR/AR simulation of the transatlantic slave trade from Africa to the Americas during the late 18th to mid-19th centuries. This collaborative projects involves faculty and students across disciplines: History, Africana Studies, Games and Interactive Media, Digital Humanities, and Computer Science. https://yovannapineda.com/virtual-reality/
Currently, she's designing three projects on factory male workers as interfaces and cyborgs for edited volumes and blogs on repair studies, masculinity studies, and soundscapes.
"Biden should admit past U.S. interference in foreign elections" by Mikael Wolfe and Yovanna Pineda
- Yovanna Pineda, “Ways of Seeing Maintenance and
Repair, Argentina,” Technology Stories, vol. 8, no. 2 (September 2020). http://www.technologystories.org/ways-of-seeing-maintenance-and-repair-argentina/
- Yovanna Pineda, Christiane Berth, & Mikael Wolfe,
“Dialogues: History of Technology in Africa and the Americas in the Twentieth
Century,” Technology Stories, vol. 8, no. 2 (September 2020). http://www.technologystories.org/dialogues/
- Emily Johnson, Amy Giroux, and Yovanna Pineda, "Work-In-Progress Paper: Context is Key in
Immersive Learning Environments," Immersive
Learning Research Network (iLRN), conference
proceedings, Summer 2020, no. 129.
Yovanna Pineda, “International
and Local Collaboration in the Social Design of the Harvester in Argentina
during the Long Twentieth Century (1900-2010).” Historia Agraria de América Latina
(HAAL, ISSN 2452-5162), abril 2020, 1(1): pp. 70-93.
- "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. https://themetropole.blog/2018/05/14/graffiti-art-protest-and-memory-in-the-plaza-de-mayo-buenos-air...
- “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
- "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).
- Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, the Urban Studies Program, and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford, California, Spring 2015
- Winter & Spring 2015: Visiting
Scholar, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford
University, Stanford, California, Winter & Spring 2015
- Visiting Scholar,
Special Collections of Latin America, Center for Latin American Studies,
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Summer 2011
- Santander Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, 2009-2010
- Visiting Library Scholar, Consortium on
Latin American Studies, University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2008
- 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
- 2021, Participant, Contemplative Pedagogy Workshop, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, 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
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This course examines the fascinating historical life of Argentina, the country and people. Once considered one of the wealthiest top ten nations in the world, it became a model of instability after the Second World War. (i.e., How do you keep functioning despite losing everything again and again?) This nation is constantly moving —the impact of modernization, urban design, immigration, export-led growth, debt, military coups, and industrialization—partially explain Argentina’s unique development across three centuries. Most recently in the 21st century, Argentine regions have effectively adapted to global socio-economic conditions that have devastated other global economies. Despite the global chaos, COVID19, its melting neighbor the Antarctic, and other global disasters, it remains a player in the global economy (G20 country) and a leader in populist and social welfare policies.
Updated: Jan 4, 2022