Bonar Hernández

Assistant Professor [HIST]
Office:603 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA

My research explores the intersection of religious identity and social change during the Cold War in Guatemala. I have been the recipient of a number of research awards, including the International Dissertation Research Fellowship (Social Science Research Council). My work has appeared in The Americas, a major journal in Latin American history; in The Cambridge History of Religion in Latin America, edited by Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Paul Freston and Stephen Dove (Cambridge University Press); and in Beyond the Shadow of the Eagle: New Histories of Latin America’s Cold War, edited by Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Mark Lawrence and Julio Moreno (University of New Mexico Press). I am currently working on a book that examines the emergence of progressive Catholicism in Guatemala during the twentieth century. This project analyzes “elite” and “popular” visions of the Church, the interaction between foreign clerics and indigenous Maya communities, and the connection between religious and socioeconomic change.