Based in part on research in the SSRC’s archives, Jeremy Adelman and Margarita Fajardo chronicle an important moment in both the history of social science and the political economy of Latin America—the Council’s Joint Committee on Latin American Studies' work on the roots of bureaucratic authoritarianism. Through the 1970s, an interdisciplinary network of scholars from across the Americas interrogated the political and economic dimensions of military rule in Latin America. At the same time, insights from Latin American social science both informed the democratic transitions to come and reshaped research agendas in US scholarship.
Jeremy Adelman has lived and worked in seven countries and four continents. After graduating from the University of Toronto, he earned a master’s degree in economic history at the London School of Economics (1985) and completed a doctorate in modern history at Oxford University (1989). He is the author or editor of ten books, including Sovereignty and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic (Princeton University Press, 2009) and Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman (Princeton University Press, 2013), a chronicle of one of the twentieth century’s most original thinkers. He has been the recipient of British Council, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, as well as the American Council Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship. Chair of the History Department at Princeton for four years and founder of the Council for International Teaching and Research, he is currently the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and the director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University. At present, he is finishing two books; the first is called Earth Hunger: Markets, Resources and the Need for Strangers, and the second is about Latin America since 1492.