Angela Vergara

College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of History
Office Location: KH B 4021



I joined the History Department at California State University Los Angeles in 2006. I obtained my BA in history at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile (1994) and my PhD at the University of California San Diego (2002). Before coming to CalStateLA, I taught at the University of Texas Panamerican in the Rio Grande Valley. My research focuses on Chile’s modern social and labor history. I am the author of Copper Workers, International Business, and Domestic Politics in Cold War Chile (2008) and co-editor of Company Towns in the Americas (2011) and the special issue of Radical History Review, The Other 9/11: Chile 1973 – Memory, Resistance and Democratization (2016). I'm currently working on a new book project:  "Unemployment in Twentieth-Century Chile." Company Towns Copper Workers


I teach courses in Latin American, labor, urban, and world history.  


Historical Research and Writing (HIST 3090) Mo-We-Fr 11:00-11:50 AM

Modern Latin America (HIST 462) Mo 6:00-8:45 PM

Interdisciplinary Research and Writing in Latin American Studies (LAS 4971) Tu 6:00-8:45





Title Date

“Identifying the Unemployed: Social Categories and Relief in Depression-Era Chile (1930-34).” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History.


“Writing about Workers, Reflecting on Dictatorship and Neoliberalism: Chilean Labor History and the Pinochet Dictatorship.” International Labor and Working Class History .


 Co-authored with Diego Ortúzar, “Bringing Justice to the Workplace: Labor Courts and Labor Laws in Chile, 1930s-1980s.” In: Labor Justice across the Americas, ed. Leon Fink and Juan Manuel Palacio (University of Illinois Press)


"Cuando los obreros no trabajan: una aproximación a la historia del desempleo en América Latina”. In Trabajadores y sindicatos en Latinoamérica: conceptos, problemas y escalas de análisis, eds. Silvia Simonassi y Daniel Dicósimo (Imago Mundi). 


“The Great Depression and Chilean Workers.” In: The Great Depression in the Americas, eds. Paulo Drinot and Alan Knight (Duke University Press) 





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