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) 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:

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.

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.

Selected Publications



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).

Creative Publications



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


No courses found for Fall 2022.

No courses found for Summer 2022.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11394 LAH4512 Modern Argentina Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 09:30 AM - 10:20 AM Unavailable
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