Catalina Muñoz

Position
Visiting Research Scholar, Program in Latin American Studies (Spring 2023)
Bio/Description

Catalina Muñoz (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is an associate professor of history at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Her publications include A Fervent Crusade for the National Soul: Cultural Politics in Colombia, 1930-1946 (Lexington Books, 2022) and articles in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Ethnohistory, and Revista de Estudios Sociales, among others. She was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Humanities Action Lab in Rutgers University-Newark in the fall 2017 and was awarded a membership in the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, in the fall 2022. A public historian, her research and practice examine the relevance of historical thinking and longue durée analysis to transitional justice, a field traditionally dominated by lawyers. In the context of the 2016 peace accords in Colombia, Muñoz co-founded Historias para lo que viene, a public history project that has implemented programs to enrich the public debate about peace in Colombia from a historical perspective. While at PLAS, she will further develop this project researching historians’ engagement in transitional justice processes in different parts of the globe and the theories of change involved. How has historical thinking intervened in different transitional scenarios? What has worked, what hasn't, and why? How can academic history be articulated with victims’ mobilization to build just societies after pasts of atrocity? Muñoz will articulate these questions to the development of a public history project that will produce historically-enriched storytelling with Colombians in exile in New Jersey, as well as to an upper level seminar on History, Memory and Transitional Justice in Latin America.