Monthly Archives: August 2015

Job Posting for tenure-track Assistant Professor in History at the University of Louisville

The Department of History at the University of Louisville sent us the ad for their job search. The details are as follow: 

Latin America/United States Borderlands

The University of Louisville is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the history of the Latin America/United States Borderlands to begin Fall 2016.  Candidates should have a primary research field in either U.S. or Latin American/Caribbean history, which will contribute to the university’s Latin American and Latino Studies program, and be able to teach US Latina/o history. In addition to undergraduate and graduate courses in their field, this faculty member will also teach either the U.S. survey or the History of World Civilizations course.

Ph.D. preferred, but ABDs considered.  The University requires that all candidates apply online:

Job # UL 424.  In addition, candidates should send unofficial graduate transcripts and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Christine Ehrick, Chair, Latin American Borderlands Search Committee, Department of History, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292 or to  All materials should be received by November 6, 2015. Preliminary interviews will take place at the American Historical Association annual meeting.

The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Employer committed to diversity, and in that spirit seeks applications from a broad variety of candidates.

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Book Review: Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America

Today’s guest blogger, David Purificato, is a Ph.D. student at the Department of History, SUNY at Stony Brook University, we are excited to feature his book review on Borderlands History! David is interested in nineteenth century antebellum American cultural, social, and domestic history, with a focus in material culture and the history of the book.  He is currently conducting preliminary dissertation research by looking at backgrounds in nineteenth century illustrations and Fashion Plates to better understand how the book as an object functioned in the American parlor.   

Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America. By Peter Andreas, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 355 pp. Illustrations, notes, index. Paperback, $19.95).

Peter Andreas’s Smuggler Nation examines North America’s long relationship to smuggling and the nation’s history of illegal trade from the colonial period to the twenty-first century. He argues that federal attempts to stop illicit “cross border economic flows” to and away from national borders have “defined and shaped” the United States, and ultimately created the modern American police state (2). Asserting that today’s appeals for border control suffer from “historical amnesia” and the belief in the myth that the U.S. ever had secure borders, Andreas looks for a long and deep history of the clandestine to demonstrate how the United States’ development has always been tied to the practice of smuggling (3).

Rooftop Smuggler Nation

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