History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Matthew B. Karush

Matthew B. Karush

Matthew B. Karush

Professor

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. 

Current Research

 

Selected Publications

Books:

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.

 

Selected Articles:

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

“Populism, Melodrama, and the Market: the Mass Cultural Origins of Peronism,” in Karush and Chamosa, eds., The New Cultural History of Peronism: Power & Identity in Mid-Twentieth Century Argentina, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010.

“The Melodramatic Nation: Integration and Polarization in the Argentine Cinema of the 1930s,” Hispanic American Historical Review 87:2 (2007), 293-326.

“National Identity in the Sports Pages: Football and the Mass Media in 1920s Buenos Aires,” The Americas 60:1 (2003), 11-32.

“Workers, Citizens and the Argentine Nation: Party Politics and the Working Class in Rosario, 1912-1913,” Journal of Latin American Studies 31:3 (1999), 589-616.

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.