Dr. Elena Albarran

Elena Albarran

Associate Professor

Joint appointment in the History Department and Global and Intercultural Studies (Latin America, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies Program; affiliate of the Black World Studies Program)

234 Upham Hall
Office hours Fall 2020: Online by appointment


  • PhD 2008, University of Arizona
  • MA, University of Arizona
  • BA, Bowdoin College

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Dr. Albarrán’s teaching and research interests include revolution and social movement in Latin America, popular culture, modern Mexico, history of childhood, kitsch and commodification of Latin American icons, visual culture, and transnational history.  Her courses in History include cross-listed offerings in Latin American Studies and Spanish.

Courses Recently Taught

  • HST/LAS 217 Modern Latin American History
  • HST/LAS 319 Revolution in Latin America
  • LAS/SPN 332  Latin American Popular Culture
  • HST 360T Mexico since Independence
  • LAS 410/510 Latin American Issues
  • LAS 410J  Child and Nation in Latin America
  • HST 400G  Senior Capstone: Art, Power, and History in 20th Century Latin America
  • HST 400R  Senior Capstone: History of Modern Childhood

Selected Publications 

"Guerrilla Warplay: The Infantilization of War in Latin American Popular Culture,"Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, vol. 24, 2005.

"A Century of Childhood: Growing up in Twentieth-Century Mexico," in William H. Beezley, ed., A Companion to Mexican History and Culture, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

"Comino vence al diablo and Other Terrifying Episodes: Itinerant Children's Puppet Theater in 1930s Mexico," The Americas, v. 67, n. 3, January 2011, 355-374.

Co-editor, with Susana Sosenski, Nuevas miradas a la historia de la infancia en América Latina: entre prácticas y representaciones (New Approaches to the History of Childhood in Latin America: Between Practice and Representations), Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2012.

Seen and Heard in Mexico: Children and Revolutionary Cultural Nationalism, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015.  Winner of the 2016 Maria Elena Martinez book award of the Conference on Latin American History.

"El niño proletario: Jesús Sansón Flores and the New Revolutionary Redeemer, 1935-1938" in Mexico in Verse: A History of Music, Rhyme, and Power, eds. Stephen Neufeld and Michael Matthews, University of Arizona Press, 2015.

"Boy Scouts under the Aztec Sun: Mexican Youth and the Transnational Construction of Identity, 1917-40" in Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century, eds. Richard Ivan Jobs and David M. Pomfret, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

"Los niños colaboradores de la revista Pulgarcito y la construcción de la infancia, México 1925-1932" ("Child Contributors to Pulgarcito Magazine and the Construction of Childhood, Mexico 1925-1932"), Iberoamericana 15:60, 2015.

Work in Progress

Currently, Dr. Albarrán is working on a project about the transnational flow of Mexican children's art in the Pan American context.