Thomas Klubock

Professor of History

Klubock (434) 924-6403 Email 281 Nau Hall
Ph.D., Yale University
M.A. and M.Phil.,Yale University
B.A., Haverford College

Thomas Klubock is Professor of History and Director of the University of Virginia Latin American Studies Program.  His research and teaching focus on modern Latin American history, with specializations in nineteenth and twentieth-century Chile, social and working-class history, the history of gender and sexuality, the history of nation and state formation, and environmental history.  His first book Contested Communities (Duke University Press, 1998) is a history of a working-class community in the world’s largest underground copper mine, Chile’s famous El Teniente mine.  It traces miners’ key role in national politics and examines the role played by gender in the process of class and state formation in the North American controlled mining sector.  His second book, La Frontera (Duke University Press, 2014), is a social and environmental history of Chile’s southern frontier territory. It narrates the intertwined social and ecological changes that shaped more than a century of frontier history following the defeat of independent Mapuche groups in the 1880s, examining conflicts among large estates, timber companies, Mapuche communities, and Mapuche and Chilean campesino small holders, squatters, and landless laborers over access to southern Chile´s temperate forests.  It places the signature success story of Chile recent “economic miracle,” the booming forestry sector, in the context of state efforts to use scientific forestry as a tool of settlement and frontier colonization, and more than a century of often violent confrontations over territory and forests in southern Chile.  Klubock is also a co-editor of The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), with Elizabeth Hutchison, Nara Milanich, and Peter Winn, and has co-edited four special issues of academic  journals on labor history and public history, labor and environmental history, gender and labor history, and truth commissions, state terror, history, and memory.


La Frontera: Forests and Ecological Conflict in Chile's Frontier Territory (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014).

The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited with Elizabeth Hutchison, Nara Milanich, and Peter Winn (Durham: Duke University Press, 2013).

Contested Communities: Class, Gender, and Politics in Chile's El Teniente Copper Mine, 1904-1951 (Durham: Duke University Press, 1998).

Articles and Book Chapters

 "La Naturaleza de la Historia: Aproximaciones a la Escritura de la Historia Medioambiental” in Manuel Vicuña ed., Cátedra Norbert Lechner  (Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, 2012).

“The Nature of the Frontier: Forests and Peasant Uprisings in Southern Chile,” Social History, vol.36, No.2 (May 2011), pp.121-142.

"Ranquil: Violence and Peasant Politics on Chile's Southern Frontier" in Greg Grandin and Gilbert Joseph eds., A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent  Violence during Latin America's Long Cold War  (Durham: Duke University Press, 2010).

Editor and introduction with Paolo Fontes, "Public History and Labor History, " special issue of International Labor and Working-Class Historynp.76 (Fall 2009).

Editor and introduction, with Greg Grandin, to special issue of The Radical History Review, "Truth Commissions: State Terror, History, and Memory," no.97 (Winter 2007).

"The Politics of Forests and Forestry on Chile’s Southern Frontier, 1880s-1940s" The Hispanic American Historical Review vol.86, no.3 (August 2006), pp.535-570.

"Labor, Land, and Ecological Change in Chile=s Southern Forests, 1973-1998" in Victims of the Miracle? Chilean Workers and the Neoliberal Model, 1973-1998, ed. Peter Winn (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), pp.337-387.

"Class, Community, and Neoliberalism in Chile: Copper Workers and the Labor Movement During the Military Dictatorship and Restoration of Democracy, 1973-1998" in Victims of the Miracle? Chilean Workers and the Neoliberal Model, 1973-1998, ed. Peter Winn (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004), pp. 209-259.

"Chile," The Encyclopedia of World Environmental History, ed. Shepard Kresh III, John R. McNeill, Carolyn Merchant (London: Routledge, 2003).

"Gender, the Working Class, and the History of the Post-Revolutionary State in Mexico," introduction to special issue of International Labor and Working-Class History, no.63 (Spring 2003), pp.39-44.

Editor, with Peter Winn, of special issue on gender and labor history, International Labor and Working-Class History, no.63 (Spring 2003).

"History and Memory in Neoliberal Chile: Patricio Guzmán’s Obstinate Memory and The Battle of Chile," Radical History Review, No.85, winter 2003, pp.272-281.

"Nationalism, Ideologies of Race and Ethnicity, and Working-Class Politics in Twentieth-Century Chile@ in Reclaiming The Political in Latin American History: Essays from the North, ed. Gilbert Joseph (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002), pp.231-267.

"Writing the History of Women and Gender in Twentieth-Century Chile," The Hispanic American Historical Review vol.81, no.3-4 (August-November 2001), pp. 493-518.

"From Welfare Capitalism to the Free Market in Chile: Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Copper Mines" in Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of United States-Latin America Relations, ed. Gilbert Joseph, Catherine LeGrande, and Ricardo Salvatore (Durham: Duke University Press, 1998), pp.369-399.

"Copper Workers, Organized Labor, and Popular Protest Under Military Rule in Chile, 1973-1986," International Labor and Working-Class History, No.52 (Fall 1997), pp.106-133. Reprinted in W hose Side Are You On? Race, Gender, Work and Identity in Twentieth-Century Latin America, ed. Vincent C. Peloso (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2003).

"Morality and Good Habits: Constructing Gender and Class in the Chilean Copper Mines, 1904-1951" in The Gendered Worlds of Latin American Women Workers: From Household and Factory to the Union Hall and Ballot Box, ed. John D. French and Daniel James (Durham: Duke University Press, 1997), pp.232-263.

"Working-Class Masculinity, Middle-Class Morality, and Labor Politics Among Chilean Miners," Journal of Social History, vol.30, no.2 (Winter 1996), pp.435-463.

"Hombres y Mujeres en El Teniente: La Construcción de género y clase en la minería chilena del cobre, 1904-1951" in Disciplina y desacato: construcción de identidad en Chile, siglos xix y xx ed. Lorena Godoy, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Karin Rosemblatt, Soledad Zárate (Santiago: Ediciones SUR, 1995), pp.223-253.

"Sexualidad y proletarización en la mina El Teniente," Proposiciones, no.21 (Santiago, December 1992), pp. 64-77.