Michael Huner

Dr. Michael Huner

Michael Huner
Department Chair
Associate Professor of History
Mackinac Hall D-1-136
[email protected]
(616) 331-3420

2011: Ph.D., Latin American History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
      Dissertation: “Sacred Cause, Divine Republic: A History of Nationhood, Religion, and War in Nineteenth-Century Paraguay, 1850-70.”
2004: M.A., Latin American History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2000: B.A., History with Honors, Valparaiso University.

Stuff I've published, good to read:
How Pedro Quiñonez Lost His Soul: Suicide, Routine Violence, and State Formation in Nineteenth-century Paraguay,” Journal of Social History, Fall 2019 (electronic publication)doi:10.1093/jsh/shz044
“A Drunk Priest, a Dodgy Caudillo, and the Tortured Reproduction of Postcolonial Sovereignty in López-era Paraguay,” in Big Water: Environment, Belonging, and Development in the Borderlands of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018), 131-57.
Toikove Ñane Retã!:Republican Nationalism at the Battlefield Crossings of Print and Speech in Wartime Paraguay, 1867-1868,” in Building Nineteenth-Century Latin America: Re-rooted Cultures, Identities, and Nations, ed. William G. Acree Jr. and Juan Carlos González Espitia (Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2009), 79-97.
“Liberal Youth, Modern Exuberance, and Calamity: Aspirations for Modern Nationhood in Paraguay, 1858-1870,” A Contracorriente, vol. 12, n. 2 (Winter 2015): 140-77.
“Popular Religion, Death, and Nation in Paraguay,” in The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, (August 2016). DOI:10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.90. 

“Cantando la república: la movilización escrita del habla popular en las trincheras del Paraguay, 1867-1868,” Paginas de guarda, Buenos Aires, n. 4 (November 2007), 115-34.
“Saving Republics: General Martin Thomas McMahon, the Paraguayan War, and the Fate of the Americas,” Irish Migration Studies in Latin America, 7:3 (March 2010).
“El suicidio y el estado bajo los López,” Actas de la III Jornadas Internacionales sobre la Historía del Paraguay, (Asunción: 2014), 107-115.

Courses I teach:

  • HST 495: Global Borderlands
  • HST 331: Modern Latin America
  • HST 374: Revolutions in the Americas
  • HST 230: Latin America in World History
  • HST 200: Writing History
  • HST 101: Introduction to World Civilizations
  • LAS 210: Introduction to Latin American Studies

Some papers I've given:
"Desertores militares paraguayos de la época de la Guerra Grande: de súbditos pasajeros a bandoleros," LA GUERRA GRANDE A LA LUZ DE LAS POLÍTICAS PÚBLICAS: INVESTIGADORES, ARTISTAS Y GESTORES CULTURALES (Invited), Asuncion, Paraguay, August 2016
“How Pedro Quiñonez Lost His Soul: Suicide, Routine Violence, and State (Un-Re) Formation in Nineteenth-Century Paraguay,” Reframing Latin America’s Nineteenth Century. Conference at Yale University (Invited), February 2015.
“Farce and Power in Republican Paraguay: López-era Congresses and Elections and the 2012 Parliamentary Coup,” Conference on Latin American History, American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 2014.

Languages I know:
Spanish, Guarani, Portuguese, a little French, and a lot of English.

My Adventures

Huner at Yale


Huner in Asuncion


Huner in Curuguaty Paraguay


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