Shaffer, Kirwin R.

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Professor of Latin American Studies
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Gaige, 310
Biography

Dr. Kirwin Shaffer is Professor of Latin American Studies. He teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean History, Latin American Studies, Global Terrorism and Political Violence, Dissent, and International Literature and Film. When not teaching, he continues research on transnational anarchism in the Americas. In 2005, he published his book Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (University Press of Florida). In 2013, he published his second book Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921 (University of Illinois Press).  In 2015 he published the book In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History (University Press of Florida) which he co-edited with Geoffroy de Laforcade. He is currently working on a new book that looks at anarchist networks that crisscrossed the Caribbean region, including Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the United States. The tentative title for the book is Caribbean Anarchism: Countercultural Politics and Transnational Networks in the Age of US Expansionism, 1890s-1920s.   

Publications

Anarchist Cuba: Countercultural Politics in the Early Twentieth Century, 2019

In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History. University Press of Florida, co-edited with Geoffroy de Laforcade, 2015 / 2017

Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921 Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013

Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

“Libertarian Entanglements in the Caribbean: Transnational Transfers, Geopolitical Imaginaries, and Anarchist Media in Havana” in Politics of Entanglements in the Americas: Transnational Flows and Local Perspectives Ed. Lukas Rehm, Jochen Kemner, Olaf Kaltmeier. Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2017: 171-186.

“Introduction: The Hidden Story Line of Anarchism in Latin America” (co-written with Geoffroy de Laforcade) in In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History. Geoffroy de Laforcade and Kirwin Shaffer (eds). Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015/2017: 1-22.

“Rebel Soul: Cultural Politics and Cuban Anarchism, 1890s-1920s” in In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History. Geoffroy de Laforcade and Kirwin Shaffer, eds. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015/2017: 142-161.

“Panama Red: Anarchist Politics and Transnational Networks in the Panama Canal Zone, 1904-1913” in In Defiance of Boundaries: Anarchism in Latin American History. Geoffroy de Laforcade and Kirwin Shaffer, eds. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015/2017: 48-71.

“An Anarchist Crucible: International Anarchist Migrants and Their Cuban Experiences, 1890s-1920s” in The Handbook on Cuban History, Literature, and the Arts: New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Social Change. Maricio A. Font and Araceli Tinajero, eds. Boulder: Paradigm Press, 2014: 79-91.

“Latin Lines and Dots: Transnational Anarchism, Regional Networks, and Italian Libertarians in Latin America,” Zapruder World: A Transnational Journal for the History of Social Conflict Volume 1 (June 2014): online at http://www.brianjgriffith.com/ZWdev/content/kirwin-r-shaffer-latin-line…

Tropical Libertarians: Anarchist Networks in the Circum-Caribbean, 1900-1915” in Trajectories of Freedom: Caribbean Societies, 1907-2007. Alan Cobley and Victor C. Simpson, eds. Mona, Jamaica: The University of the West Indies Press, 2013: 26-41.

Education

Ph.D., Latin American History, University of Kansas, 1998