Jesse Zarley, Ph.D.

Jesse Zarley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

History LI


Long Island

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  • O'Connor Hall, Room N311


B.A., History & Latin America, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008

Ph.D., History, University of Maryland-College Park, 2017


Jesse Zarley is an assistant professor in the History Department where he teaches classes on Latin American, Caribbean, and global history. He joined Saint Joseph's College in 2019. His research focuses on the Mapuche people who successfully resisted Spanish conquest in what is now Chile and Argentina. His book manuscript in progress, tentatively titled "Mapuche Politics in the Age of Revolution: Making A South Andean Borderlands," examines how Mapuche leaders on both sides of the Andes used ritual negotiations, letter writing, and alliance making to defend their sovereignty from Spain, Chile, and Río de la Plata (Argentina) during the transition from colony to nation.

Originally from Wisconsin, Professor Zarley’s transnational research and teaching interests began long ago with global study programs as an undergraduate in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Santiago, Chile. Later, these passions led him to live, travel, research, and share his findings in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Portugal, and Spain, for which he received support from the University of Maryland Latin American Studies Center, Fulbright IIE, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon/ACLS.

Professor Zarley is also a big fan of podcasts, and has recently gotten into the podcasting game as a host for the Latin American Studies channel of the New Books Network.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Race, Indigeneity, and Ethnicity; Borderlands and Frontiers, Transnational history, The Age of Revolution, Ethnohistory

Select Publications

2019. “Between the lof and the liberators: Mapuche Authority in Chile’s guerra a muerte (1819-1825),” Ethnohistory vol. 66, no. 1: 117–139.

2015. “Rutas de poder: espacio y autoridad interétnica entre la Araucanía y el sur Mendocino, 1790-1800.” Revista de historia americana y argentina, 50, no. 1: 107–121.