Javier Puente

Membership:  2018

Member Bio

Javier Puente holds a PhD in Latin American history from Georgetown University and currently serves as assistant professor at the Instituto de Historia of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. During his time as a Carson fellow, Javier will be advancing a book-length project: a study of the convergence of the militarization of the Internal Armed Conflict in Peru (1983–1986) and the 1982–1983 El Niño phenomenon. The core question of this project focuses on how weather and climate disturbances, past and present, contribute to the creation of civil war conditions—and how human conflict deepens and perpetuates environmental devastation.
Javier’s previous research has been funded and supported by Georgetown University; the Center of Latin American Studies at Georgetown; Lehigh University; the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History (ICANH); the Program of Latin American Libraries and Archives at Harvard University; and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In addition to the generous support of the Rachel Carson Center, his new project has also received the prestigious Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grant.


  • “Livestock, Livelihood, and Agrarian Transformations in Andean Peru.” In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • Making Peru’s Sendero Luminoso: The Mega Niño of 1982–1983.” Age of Revolutions: A HistorioBLOG, 27 March 2017.
  • “La ‘masacre’ de Ondores: reforma, comunidad y violencia en la Sierra Central (1969–1979).” Revista Argumentos10, no. 4(2016): 23–30.
  • “Second Independence, National History, and Myth-Making Heroes in the Peruvian Nationalizing State: The Government of Juan Velasco Alvarado, 1968–1975.” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 22, no. 3 (December 2016): 231–49.
  • “Archivos Campesinos: San Juan de Ondores, Actas Comunales e Historias Rurales en el Perú, 1937–2012.” In From the Ashes of History: Loss and Recovery of Archives and Libraries in Modern Latin America, edited by Carlos Aguirre and Javier Villa Flores, 267–306. North Carolina: A Contracorriente Press, 2015.