Elizabeth Shesko

Elizabeth Shesko

Assistant Professor
Office:  403 Varner Hall
Phone:  (248) 370-3529
Fax:  (248) 370-3528
Email: shesko@oakland.edu


Ph.D., Duke University

Major Fields:

Latin American History, Race and Ethnicity


Elizabeth Shesko is a historian of Latin America, with a particular focus on questions of race and state formation. Her current book manuscript  looks at the role of obligatory military service on citizenship and ethnic identity in 20th-century Bolivia. She has presented her work at the annual meetings of the American Historical Association and the Latin American Studies Association and has written articles for Hispanic American Historical Review and International Labor and Working-Class History. Before coming to Oakland, she was the Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in history and Latin American studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Professor Shesko teaches a variety of courses on Latin American history and culture. She is a rabid Duke Basketball fan.


"'Same as Here, Same as Everywhere': Social Difference among Bolivian Prisoners in Paraguay," in The Chaco War: Environment, Ethnicity, and Nationalism, ed. Bridget María Chesterton (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), 21-41.

"Mobilizing Manpower for War: Toward a New History of Bolivia's Chaco Conflict, 1932-1935," Hispanic American Historical Review 95:2 (May 2015): 299-334.

"Constructing Roads, Washing Feet, and Cutting Cane for the Patria: Building Bolivia with Military Labor, 1900-1975," International Labor and Working-Class History 80 (Fall 2011): 6-28.

“Hijos del inca. El congreso indigenal de 1945,” Fuentes. Revista de la Biblioteca y Archivo Histórico de la Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional  4, no. 6 (2010): 5-10 (La Paz, Bolivia).

Work in Progress:

Conscript Nation: Negotiating Authority and Belonging in the Bolivian Barracks (book manuscript).