History, Politics & Global Studies Faculty Focus

Dr. Diane Johnson:  Doing research in Buenos Aires

Since 2000, Associate Professor of Politics Diane Johnson has made a half-dozen research trips to Argentina and Uruguay. Added together, she's spent more than a year in Buenos Aires and about a month in Montevideo. Dr. Johnson developed her interest in Argentina while in graduate school at the University of California Santa Barbara, and used the country as the central case study in her PhD dissertation on the effects of economic globalization on media-state relations. Since then, she's published articles and book chapters on the mass media, lobbying, and interest group activity in Argentina. Over the years, she has interviewed dozens of important political journalists, editors, federal Deputies and Senators and their staffs, bureaucrats, and members of think tanks and non-profits organizations. Dr. Johnson has formed many strong professional and personal relationships there, and has come to think of Argentina as her second home. This photo was taken at the weekly fair in the Mataderos neighborhood of Buenos Aires, named for the livestock market and slaughterhouses that historically supplied the famous Argentine beef. These days, it showcases gaucho traditions, cuisine, and crafts.

Dr. Michael Schroeder:  News from Nicaragua 

On Friday, February 10, 2012, Assistant Professor of History Michael J. Schroeder was interviewed twice for broadcast on Nicaraguan television and film on the subject of the Sandino rebellion in Nicaraguan history and his research and website on this topic.  In both interviews he was accompanied by Walter C. Sandino, grandson of Nicaraguan national hero Augusto C. Sandino, who described Dr. Schroeder as the world’s leading scholar on the subject of his grandfather’s struggle against the US Marine intervention in the 1920s and 1930s.  The first interview was carried live on Canal 12, a mostly conservative channel, in a popular hour-long live news show hosted by news anchor Estalin Vladimir (photo).  The second interview was taped outdoors at the Sandino Memorial, in the shadow of Managua’s 50-foot tall black-metal statue of the national hero that towers above the city and the adjoining Lake Tiscapa, by the Nicaraguan filmmaker and journalist Marcio Vargas.  This second interview appeared on Canal 23, a Sandinista-affiliated channel, in conjunction with the 78th anniversary of Sandino's assassination, and can be viewed in four segments on YouTube (right-click & open in new window):  PART 1   •   PART 2   •   PART 3   •   PART 4