History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Matthew B. Karush

Matthew B. Karush

Matthew B. Karush


World History: Modern Latin American history: twentieth-century Argentina, cultural history

Matt Karush received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997.  He teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses on modern Latin American history and has published extensively on labor politics and mass culture in Argentina.  He is the author of two books and co-editor of a third, in addition to numerous book chapters and articles in journals including Past and Present and the Hispanic American Historical Review.  His most recent book, Culture of Class: Radio and Cinema in the Making of a Divided Argentina, 1920-1946 (Duke University Press, 2012), argues that tango and folk songs, film comedies and dramas, and radio soap operas generated polarizing narratives that provided much of the raw material from which Juan and Eva Perón built their mass movement.

Karush was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his current research project, a transnational history of Argentine popular music in the twentieth century. 

Since August 2015, he has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social History.

Current Research


Selected Publications


Musicians in Transit: Argentina and the Globalization of Popular Music (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming).

Culture of Class: Radio and Cinema in the Making of a Divided Argentina, 1920-1946 (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012).  Published in translation as: Cultura de clase: Radio y cine en la creación de una Argentina dividida, 1920-1946 (Buenos Aires: Ariel Historia, 2013). 

The New Cultural History of Peronism: Power & Identity in Mid-Twentieth Century Argentina (Duke University Press, 2010) [edited with Oscar Chamosa]

Workers or Citizens: Democracy and Identity in Rosario, Argentina (1912-1930), Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.


Recent Articles and Chapters:

“Reinventing the Latin in Latin Jazz: The Music and Career of Gato Barbieri,” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (May 2016).

“Black in Buenos Aires: The Transnational Career of Oscar Alemán,” in Eduardo Elena and Paulina Alberto, eds., Rethinking Race in Modern Argentina (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 73-98.

 “Populism as an Identity: Four Propositions on Peronism,” in John Abromeit, et.al., eds., Transformations of Populism in Europe, Latin America, and the U.S.: History, Theories and Recent Tendencies (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2015) 197-211.

“Blackness in Argentina: Jazz, Tango and Race before Perón,” Past & Present 216 (August 2012), 215-45.


Courses Taught

HIST 272: Intro to Modern Latin American History

HIST 364: Revolutions & Radical Politics in Latin America

HIST 367: History, Fiction & Film in Latin America

HIST 387: Topics in World History: Race & Nation in Latin America

HIST 510: Approaches to Modern World History

HIST 525/615: Popular Music in the Americas

Recent Presentations

“Black in Buenos Aires: The Transnational Career of Oscar Alemán,” presented to the Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco, May 2012.

“Rubios, Morochos, and Negros: Argentine Mass Culture and the Production of Racial Difference, 1930-1943,” presented to the American Historical Association, Boston, January 2011.

“Roots, Rhythm & Race: Blackness in Argentina’s Transnational Mass Culture of the 1930s,” presented to the Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009.

“Envisioning the Future of Tango in the 1930s: Manzi, De Caro, and D’Arienzo,” presented at the Humanities Center, Harvard University, October 26-27, 2007.

Dissertations Supervised

Rwany Sibaja, ¬°Animales! Civility, Disorder, and Class Tensions in Argentinean Football, 1955-1970 (2013)