ABOUT

sarahthines@ou.edu

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2015
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2009
M.Ed. City University of New York, 2005
B.A. Barnard College, 2002

Sarah Hines’s research and teaching focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean with an emphasis on histories of the environment, infrastructure, race and ethnicity, and social movements. Her first book, Water for All: Community, Property, and Revolution in Modern Bolivia (University of California Press, 2021) is a history of social struggle over water access and hydraulic engineering in Bolivia from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first. It concentrates on the Cochabamba Valley, the site of intense conflict over water tenure, hydraulic infrastructure, and attempts to reform both over this period, especially after the 1952 Bolivian revolution. Through analysis of a wide variety of sources, from agrarian reform case records to engineering studies to oral historical interviews and ethnographic observation, the book explores a century-long process of water dispossession, recovery, and redistribution, providing a new vantage point on indigenous community closure, national revolution, and the water wars of the early 2000s.

Hines’s research has received support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Inter-American Foundation, the UC Berkeley Institute for International Studies, the Barnard College Alumnae Association, the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Oklahoma Research Council. The book evolved out of Hines’s 2015 dissertation, “Dividing the Waters: How Power, Property and Protest Transformed the Waterscape of Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1879-2000,” which won the UC Berkeley History Department Dissertation Prize and the New England Council of Latin American Studies Dissertation Prize.

A related article, “The Power and Ethics of Vernacular Modernism: The Misicuni Dam Project in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1944–2017,” appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review in May 2018.

Hines’s current book project, tentatively titled “The Art of Resistance: Dictatorship and Dissent in Cold War Bolivia,” is a social, political, and cultural history of oppositional politics in Bolivia under dictatorship (1964–1982). It explores the visions and projects for social transformation and democratic restoration of a wide array of artists, intellectuals, and activists who constrained and ultimately overthrew Bolivia’s dictatorships. These groups included tin miners, miners’ wives and children, peasants, indigenous communities, leftist political parties and organizations, guerrilla groups, Catholic priests and parishioners, factory workers, high school and university students and faculty, writers, artists like musicians and filmmakers, and exiles. Not only did these groups resist dictatorship, they also built radical and revolutionary projects and created new ways of living and relating to one another in spite of and through their resistance to authoritarian rule.

Before graduate school, Hines taught social studies at Taft High School in the Bronx, NY (2002-2004) and conducted research in Bolivia with as a Fulbright scholar (2006-2007). She lived in Bolivia from 2010 to 2015 while conducting research and writing her dissertation. Before joining the faculty at OU, Hines was a visiting professor of history and Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College (2015–2017) and an assistant professor of history at the University of Maine at Machias (2017–2018).

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