Bridgette Werner, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Latin American History

Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer in Latin American Studies

BRIDGETTE K. WERNER (Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison). Bridgette Werner is a social and political historian of 20th century Latin America, focusing on peasant and Indigenous histories, political violence, and state-society relations. Her work on rural Bolivia examines how local communities confront and circumvent the exercise of state and elite power, illuminating the contingent and contentious construction of local forms of hegemony, durable peasant autonomy, and the violent assertion of local power. While at Princeton, she completed her book manuscript, “To make rivers of blood flow”: Agrarian Reform, Rural Warfare, and State Expansion in Post-Revolutionary Bolivia, 1952-1974. The book is a regional study of the Valle Alto region of Cochabamba, Bolivia, and analyzes the role of peasants, the state, and military actors in negotiating rule amidst revolution and agrarian reform. Before coming to Princeton, Werner’s work was supported by Fulbright-Hays, the U.S. Department of Education, and various entities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she published a scholarly article based on her dissertation research in the Hispanic American Historical Review (HAHR) and contributed book reviews in the field of Bolivian history to HAHR and the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. She also began work on a lengthy review essay for the Latin American Research Review, to be completed after the end of her postdoctoral fellowship. While at Princeton, Dr. Werner taught three new courses via in-person and online formats. For the development of her Fall 2020 online course, “Environmental Sovereignties: Indigenous Social Movements in the Americas,” she won a grant from the University’s 250th Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching. She also participated as a presenter and discussant on several on-campus panels and presented her research during PLAS’s lunchtime lecture series. At the end of her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Werner launched a freelance editing business providing developmental editing for academic authors.