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Kate Bjork teaches courses in Latin American history as well as courses about empires, environmental history, and the history of diseases. She also teaches in the Global Studies program and some of her courses, such as "Torture and State Terror" and "Disease and Society," are comparative and transnational. She is particularly interested in the history of Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Her current research examines continuities in the expansion of the Unites States as an empire form continental North America to the overseas territories that came under U.S. influence following the Spanish-Cuban-American War.
Professor Bjork earned her AB from the University of California at Berkeley in English Literature and her MA and PhD in Latin American History from the University of Chicago.
How do we know what we think we know about the past? Why are popular conceptions of history sometimes difficult to reconcile with the "facts"? (What is a historical fact anyway?) These are some of the questions that guide inquiry in Kate Bjork's classes. Recognizing, critiquing, and making and defending their own historical arguments is also an important part of classroom learning. To help students develop their critical thinking skills in historical argumentation Professor Bjork often builds courses and themes around student-led debates.
"The past can--can and should--surprise us. At its best history is about challenging the commonsense assumptions of retrospective reasoning so prevalent in the stories we tell ourselves about what happened, why, and what it means."
Kate Bjork, Associate Professor History and Global Studies Department
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Curriculum Vitae Selected Presentations and Papers
Torture and State Terror (2013)Continuities of Empire (2012)Introduction to Latin American History (2013) Disease and Society (2013) Senior Seminar: Environmental History (2013)
In the Circle of the Dance: Notes of an Outsider in Nepal, Cornell University Press, 1999
"Manila-Acapulco Trade,” in The Oxford Companion to Exploration, David Buisseret, ed., Oxford University Press, 2006
"Village Walks: Tourism and globalization among the Tharu of Nepal,” Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology, 14th edition, David McCurdy and James Spradley, eds., Allyn & Bacon, 2011 [co-authored with Arjun Guneratne]
"Prairie Imperialists,” Nebraska History, Fall 2014 [forthcoming]
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