College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Matthew B. Karush

Matthew B. Karush

Matthew B. Karush

Professor

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 three books and co-editor of a fourth, and he has published numerous book chapters and articles in leading journals including Past and Present and the Hispanic American Historical Review.

His most recent book, Musicians in Transit: Argentina and the Globalization of Popular Music (Duke University Press, 2017), examines the transnational careers of seven of the most influential Argentine musicians of the twentieth century. The book reveals the way these artists navigated the economic and ideological structures of the global music business, in the process producing new musical forms and new identities. The research for this book was supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Since August 2015, Karush has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social History. Founded 50 years ago, the JSH is one of the nation's leading history journals.

Current Research

Following the recent publication of Musicians in Transit, Karush has continued to work on the political history of Argentine mass culture and on transnational cultural history more broadly. He is currently conducting research on the global music business of the early twentieth century and on the cultural impact of the Cold War in Argentina. 

Selected Publications

Books:
Musicians in Transit: Argentina and the Globalization of Popular Music (Durham: Duke University Press, 2017).

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

“The Music of Globalization: Gustavo Santaolalla and the Production of Latin Rock,” presented to the Latin American Studies Association, New York, May 27-30, 2016.

“The Sound of Latin America: Sandro and the Invention of Latin Pop,” presented to the Conference on Latin American History, New York, January 2-5, 2015.

“Beyond Fusion: Jazz in Astor Piazzolla’s New Tango,” presented to the Latin American Studies Association, Chicago, May 24, 2014.

“Argentines into Latins: The Transnational Jazz Histories of Lalo Schifrin and Gato Barbieri,” invited lecture at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, March 25, 2014.

Dissertations Supervised

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