Arlene Díaz

Associate Professor, Department of History

Department of History

  • ardiaz@indiana.edu
  • (812) 855-2195
  • Ballantine Hall 834
    1020 E Kirkwood Ave
    Bloomington, IN47405
  • Office Hours
    M onday
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    T uesday
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    W ednesday
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    Th ursday
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    F riday
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Campus
IU; IU Bloomington

Full Biography

Professor Díaz has published articles on the history of Venezuela, the Spanish Caribbean, and Brazil. Her book, Female Citizens, Patriarchs, and the Law in Venezuela, 1786-1904 was published by Nebraska University Press in 2004. She is now working on a book project, entitled “A War Beyond the Battlefield: Information, Spies, and News in the Spanish-Cuban-American War, 1878–1898.” This research weaves together the disparate and complex interactions between knowledge, representation, and empire at the moment they came together in the United States. The book project is significant in its use and analysis of a large quantity of untapped reports from secret agents—effectively a spy archive—and in its use of digital humanities methods to uncover key narratives, issues, and information that have not yet received the attention they warrant in histories of the Spanish-Cuban-American War. In addition to her publications in history, she has co-authored articles in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Honors and Awards


  • IUB, Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities, Faculty Fellowship, 2017.
  • IUB College of Arts and Sciences, College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) Fellow in Residence, 2017.
  • Indiana University Latino Faculty and Staff, Distinguished Faculty Award, 2016.
  • IUB Mellon Innovating International Research, Teaching and Collaboration Short Term Faculty Fellowship grant, 2015.
  • IUB Collaborative Research and Creative Activity Funding grant, 2015.
  • IUB New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowship, 2015.
  • IUB Institute of Advance Studies Individual Research Award, 2015.
  • Trustee Teaching Award, 2013.

Research Interests

  • Spanish-Cuban-American War
  • Citizenship
  • Race and Gender in Latin America
  • Caribbean History
  • Digital Humanities

Education

  • B.A. at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 1987
  • M.A. at University of Minnesota, 1997
  • Ph.D. at University of Minnesota, 1997

Courses Taught

Graduate

  • Gender in Latin American History
  • Citizenship
  • Race and Gender in Latin America
  • Caribbean History
  • Teaching College History

Undergraduate

  • Latin American Culture and Civilization I
  • History of Cuba and Puerto Rico
  • US Imperialism and the Spanish Caribbean
  • Microhistories of the Spanish Caribbean
  • Gender in Latin American History
  • Slavery in Latin America

Publications

Books

  • Female Citizens, Patriarchs, and the Law in Caracas, Venezuela, 1786-1904. Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Articles

  • “Lo invisible en la guerra hispano-cubano-americana” in Laura Muñoz, José Abreu and Maria del Rosario Rodríguez (eds.), Guerras irregulares en el Caribe. Mexico City: Instituto Mora and Universidad Michoacana, 2019.

  • “Visualidad y modernidad: José Martí en la ciudad de Nueva York, 1880–1887.” In Un pueblo disperso: Dimensiones sociales y culturales de la diáspora cubana, edited by Jorge Duany. Valencia: Editorial Aduana Vieja, 2014.

  • “Vicenta Ochoa, Dead Many Times: Gender, Politics, and a Death Sentence in Early Republican Caracas, Venezuela.” In Gender and Sexuality in Latin America, 1760-Present, edited by Katherine Bliss and William French. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
  • “Women, Order, and Progress in Guzmán Blanco’s Venezuela, 1870-1888.”  In Crime, and Punishment in Latin America: Law and Society since Colonial Times, edited by Ricardo D. Salvatore, Carlos Aguirre and Gilbert Joseph, 56-82. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.
  • “Gender Conflicts in the Courts of the Early Venezuelan Republic, Caracas, 1811-1840” Crime, Histoire & Sociétés / Crime, History & Societies 2, no. 2 (1998): 35-53.
  • “'Necesidad hizo parir mulatas': liberalismo, nacionalidad e ideas sobre las mujeres en la Cuba del siglo XIX.” In Familia, género y mentalidades en América Latina, edited by Pilar Gonzalbo, 199-226. Río Piedras: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1997.
  • “Occupational Class and Female-Headed Households in Santiago Maior do Iguape, Brazil, 1835,” Journal of Family History 16, no.3 (Fall, 1991): 299-313. Co-author: Jeff Stewart.