Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.


  • 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 Argentina
  • Technology and Farm Machinery 
  • Industrialization 
  • Global Activism
  • Poverty and Development Studies

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 is working on her second book project, Innovating Technologies: Farm Machinery Invention, Rituals, and Memory in Argentina and on a companion documentary, 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 seventy oral histories of the men and women who designed and used domestic farm machinery, Pineda demonstrates that Argentine inventors and manufacturers 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. 

The Harvester is a documentary that explores the history of farm machinery and community in the fertile Pampas of Argentina that was home to harvester and farm machinery companies during the twentieth century. The film illustrates the memories of the engineers and farmers that created the machinery and the experiences of the men and women who used it. Through interviews, archival footage, and narration, it explains the importance of technology in forming a community identity and in designing harvesters that were exported well beyond the Santa Fe region, and into the rest of Argentina, and other South American nations. In so doing, it shows that technological innovation not only exists in developing nations, but thrives within small rural towns. 

Selected Publications



  • Forthcoming "Farm Machinery Users, Designers and Government Policy in Argentina, 1861-1930," Agricultural History (Summer 2018).
  • Forthcoming "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" (Spring 2018). 
  • “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

  • Forthcoming "The Developmentalist State and Domestic Farm Machinery in Argentina," in edited volume, State and Nation-making in Latin America and Spain, 1930-1990, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming in 2018.



  • 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
  • 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 Summer 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91068 LAH4503 History of South America Rdce Time M,W 1:30PM - 2:20PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11567 LAH4630 History of Modern Brazil Rdce Time M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Unavailable
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21181 WOH4208 History Global Drug Trade Rdce Time M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Unavailable
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No courses found for Summer 2018.

No courses found for Fall 2018.

No courses found for Spring 2019.

Updated: Nov 20, 2017