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Julia Sarreal

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Associate Professor
Faculty, WEST Campus, Mailcode 2151
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 eighteenth century. Socioeconomic in focus, her work takes a new approach to ethnohistory.

Dr. 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, Dr. 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: https://asunow.asu.edu/20160921-discoveries-asu-yerba-mate-research-cult...

Dr. 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, Dr. 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 Ph.D. in from Harvard University before joining ASU.

Her personal website about yerba mate and a year-long sabbatical living in South America is:  http://materesearch.weebly.com/

Education

Harvard University, Ph.D. History, 2009

Harvard University, A.M. History, 2003

Swarthmore College, B.A. Economics and a Concentration in Public Policy, 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.

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
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 376Modern Latin America
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 101Global History Since 1500
HST 376Modern Latin America
HST 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 375Colonial Latin America
HST 404Conquest
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 101Global History Since 1500
HST 495Methods of Historical Inquiry
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 494Special Topics
HST 598Special Topics