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Julia Sarreal

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
Biography: 

Julia Sarreal is a historian whose work focuses on the Río de la Plata region of South America. Her first book, "The Guaraní and Their Missions: A Socioeconomic History" (Stanford University Press, 2014) integrates quantitative and qualitative analysis to shed light on the experiences of the Guaraní Indians residing in Catholic missions during the 18th century. Socioeconomic in focus, her work takes a new approach to ethnohistory.

Sarreal has also published "The Many Meanings of Yerba Mate" in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America; "Jesuit Missions and Private Property, Commerce, and Guaraní Economic Initiative" in Latin American History: Oxford Research Encyclopedia; Caciques as Placeholders in the Guaraní Missions of Eighteenth Century Paraguay” in Colonial Latin American Review (2014); “Revisiting Cultivated Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in the Guaraní Missions” in Ethnohistory (2013); and “Disorder, Wild Cattle, and a New Role for the Missions: The Banda Oriental, 1776-1786” in The Americas (2011).

In her second book project, Sarreal combines economic and cultural history to trace the transition of yerba mate from an Indian good to a beverage of important cultural significance that is consumed daily throughout the southern cone of South America. Her research was highlighted in a September 2016 ASU Now article.

Sarreal’s interest in Latin America was sparked when as an undergraduate she took a year off from college to live in and volunteer at the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Mexico City. After returning to Swarthmore College and completing a bachelor's degree in economics, Sarreal spent two years working in finance with Price Waterhouse LLP in New York City. She then joined the Peace Corps and moved to Curuguaty, Paraguay where she taught at a local university and worked in rural development. She received a doctorate from Harvard University before joining ASU. She is an associate professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Her personal website outlines yerba mate and a year-long sabbatical living in South America.  

Education: 
  • Ph.D. History, Harvard University 2009
  • A.M. History, Harvard University 2003
  • B.A. Economics (Public Policy), Swarthmore College, 1995 (Graduated with Distinction)
Research Interests: 
  • Latin American History
  • Economic History
  • Social History
  • Ethnohistory
  • Cultural History
  • Food History
Publications: 

Book

  • Julia Sarreal. The Guarani and Their Missions: A Socioeconomic History. Stanford University Press, 2014.
    • Reviewed in: The American Historical Review; The Hispanic American Historical Review; Journal of Latin American Studies; Ethnohistory; Journal of Jesuit Studies; Rey Desnudo: Revista de Libros; and IHS. Antiguos jesuitas en Iberamérica.
  • Julia Sarreal. Los guaraníes y sus misiones: Una historia socioeconómica, trans. Thelma Andrea Fernández and Luisa Fernanda Lassaque. Forthcoming, Buenos Aires: Editorial Prometeo, 2018.

Articles

  • Julia Sarreal. "The Many Meanings of Yerba Maté: Across Borders, Sharing a Guaraní Drink." ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Spring 2015): 12-15.
  • Sarreal, Julia. "Jesuit Missions and Private Property, Commerce, and Guaraní Economic Initiative.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Ed. William Beezley. New York: Oxford University Press (2015).
  • Julia Sarreal. "Caciques as Placeholders in the Guaraní Missions of Eighteenth Century Paraguay." Colonial Latin American Review 23, no. 2 (2014): 224-251.
  • Julia Sarreal. "Revisiting Cultivated Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, and Daily Life in the Guaraní Missions." Ethnohistory  60, no. 1 (2013): 101-124.
  • Julia Sarreal. "Disorder, Wild Cattle, and A New Role for the Missions: The Banda Oriental, 1776-1786". The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History 67, no. 4 (2011): 517-545.
Research Activity: 

In 2017, Dr. Sarreal received a Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship for research at The John Carter Brown Library,

In 2016-2017, Dr. Sarreal was awarded a research fellowship from the Institute for Humanities Research for her project,  Yerba Mate: An Indigenous Stimulant, Money, and Empire Building.

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 376Modern Latin America
LAS 376Modern Latin America
HST 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 305Studies in Latin Amer History
LAS 375Colonial Latin America
HST 375Colonial Latin America
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 376Modern Latin America
LAS 376Modern Latin America
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 305Studies in Latin Amer History
LAS 441Latin America: World Economy
HST 441Latin America: World Economy
MAS 598Special Topics
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 305Studies in Latin Amer History
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 375Colonial Latin America
HST 404Conquest:Colonial Latin Amer
LAS 499Individualized Instruction
MAS 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
LAS 205Deep Roots: Latin America
HST 376Modern Latin America
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 375Colonial Latin America
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 376Modern Latin America
HST 441Latin America: World Economy
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 375Colonial Latin America