Ángela Vergara

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College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of History
Office KH4021






Ángela Vergara is a professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles, where she has been a faculty member since 2006.  She obtained her BA in history at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile (1994) and her Ph.D. at the University of California San Diego (2002).  Before moving to Los Angeles, she taught at the University of Texas Panamerican in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. 

A social and labor historian, she is the author of Copper Workers, International Business and Domestic Politics in Cold War Chile (Penn State, 2008), co-editor of Company Towns in the Americas: Industrial Capitalism, Spatial Engineering and Working-class Communities (Georgia, 2011), along with numerous articles and book chapters. In her latest book, Fighting Unemployment in Twentieth-Century Chile (Pittsburgh, 2021), she tells the story of the unemployed and the efforts of the state to define and regulate the labor market in modern Chile. She currently serves on the editorial board of the American Historical Review (2020-2023) and the LASA executive council (2021-2024). She is also the book review editor (history and social sciences) of A Contracorriente.

For a list of publications, check her google scholar profile.                                                

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At CalStateLA, she teaches courses in history and Latin American studies. In Spring 2022, she is teaching: 

  • World History since 1500 (MoWe 12:15-1:30 PM)
  • Public History (MoWe 1:40-2:55 PM)
  • Modern Latin America (MoWe 4:30-5:45)
  • Modern Latin America (graduate seminar) (M 6:00-8:45 PM)