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Liz Hutchinson

Professor Elizabeth Hutchinson received an appointment in the Department of History at The University of New Mexico in 1998. She is the Director of the Feminist Research Institute at UNM and serves on the Latin American and Iberian Institute’s Executive Committee. She offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate for Latin American Studies students, with her academic and teaching interests including: Latin American labor history, gender and sexuality, human rights, and religion. Hutchinson’s research and scholarship focus on the history of Latin America with emphasis on Chile and the Southern Cone. Her first book, Labors Appropriate to Their Sex (Duke, 2001), examined working-class women‘s role in Chile‘s economic development, labor movements, and reformist politics in the early twentieth century.  In 2013 she served as the lead editor of The Chile Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke, 2013). Since 2014, Dr. Hutchinson has worked jointly on Asylum Advocacy, a project to build a comprehensive network of expert witnesses available to testify on behalf of Latin American victims of domestic violence. 


  • PhD in History, University of California (1995)
  • MA in Latin American Studies, University of California (1989)
  • BA in Comparative Study of Religion, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges (1986)

Research Areas

  • Latin American Labor History
  • Twentieth-Century Chile
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Southern Cone
  • Human Rights
  • Religion
  • Cold War

Country Specialization(s)

  • Chile
  • Southern Cone
  • Latin America

Latin American Studies Courses

  • HIST 300/500 History of Chile
  • HIST 300/500 Human Rights in Latin America
  • HIST 687 Domestic/Care/Sex Work: Latin American and Global Perspectives
  • HIST 300/500 Human Rights in 20th Century Latin America

*Latin America-related courses offered during the past three years*