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Kirwin ShafferAssociate Professor of Latin American Studies

Ph.D., Latin American History, University of Kansas, 1998

e-mail: krs14@psu.edu
Phone: 610-396-6258
Fax: 610-396-6026
Office: 310 Gaige Building


Dr. Kirwin Shaffer is an Associate Professor of Latin American Studies. He teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean History, Latin American Studies, Global Terrorism and Political Violence, Dissent, and International Literature and Film. When not teaching, he continues research on transnational anarchism in the Americas. In 2005, he published his book Anarchism and Countercultural Politics in Early Twentieth-Century Cuba (University Press of Florida). In 2013, he published his second book Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921 (University of Illinois Press).  He is currently working on a book-length manuscript that looks at anarchist networks that crisscrossed the Caribbean region, including Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the United States. The tentative title for the book is Caribbean Anarchism: Countercultural Politics and Transnational Networks in the Age of US Expansionism, 1890s-1920s.  In addition, he is co-editing the book Anarchism in Latin America with Geoffroy de Laforcade.

Most Recent Publications:

Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897-1921  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013

“Contesting Internationalists: Transnational Anarchism, Anti-Imperialism, and US Expansion in the Caribbean, 1890s-1920s” in Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, Volume 22, Number 2 (julio-diciembre 2011): 11-38.

“Tropical Libertarians: Anarchist Movements and Networks in the Caribbean, Southern US and Mexico” for Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1870-1940: The Praxis of National Liberation, Internationalism, and Social Revolution, Steven Hirsch and Lucien van der Walt, eds.  Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010: 273-320.

Havana Hub: Cuban Anarchism, Radical Media, and the Trans-Caribbean Anarchist Network, 1903-1915 in Caribbean Studies Vol. 37, Number 2, July-December 2009: 45-81.

By Dynamite, Sabotage, Revolution and the Pen: Violence in Caribbean Anarchist Fiction, 1890s-1920s in New West Indian Guide Vol. 83, Numbers 1 and 2, 2009: 3-35.