Camilo Trumper

Camilo Trumper
Office: 1012 Clemens Hall
Telephone: (716) 645-0831
Email: ctrumper@buffalo.edu

Camilo Trumper completed his PhD in Latin American History at Berkeley in 2008. He is interested in the connection between urban history, politics, and visual and material culture. He is currently revising his dissertation, a cultural history of political change in late twentieth-century Chile, for publication. This is a study of the myriad ways in which traditionally marginalized individuals claimed city spaces as a means of entering into political debates. His investigation of urban politics extends to protests, marches, strikes, as well as public art, street photography and documentary film, which he understands as part of a broader attempt to challenge the limits of the public sphere in post-war Chile. His future research plans take him into the 19th and 20th centuries through a study of the Chilean port city of Valparaiso in the context of a wider "Pacific World," and toward a social and cultural history of street food in the Americas. He has taught courses in Latin American urban history, visual culture and material culture, and historical methods.

Camilo recently published an article titled "Social Violence, Political Conflict, and Latin American Film: The Politics of Place in the 'Cinema of Allende'" in The Radical History Review. He is co-founder, with Brock University's Maria del Carmen Suescun Pozas, of the "Visual Studies of the Americas" working group, which has received funding from UB's Canadian-American Studies Committee and from Brock University. He is also co-founder, with UB History Department's Dalia Muller, of the Humanities Institute's "Trans-Americas Reading Group," which brings together scholars and students from across the University interested in Latina/o, Latin American, and Caribbean studies.


PhD in Latin American History, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
MA in History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003.
BA (Honors) in History, University of British Columbia, 2000

Areas of Specialization

Latin American History
Urban Studies
Visual Culture
Methods of Cultural History


"Social Violence, Political Conflict and Latin American Film: The Politics of Place in the ‘Cinema of Allende'." Radical History Review. Special Issue: Taking Sides: The Role of Visual Culture in Situations of War, Occupation, and Resistance 106 (2009).

"The Politics of Public Space: Santiago de Chile’s Estadio Nacional Through a Historical Lens." Brújula, 4, December 2006.

"Ephemeral Histories: Public Art and Political Process, Chile 1970-1973" in S. Nagy et al., Democracy in Chile: The Legacy of September 11, 1973, UK: Sussex Academic Press, 2005.   (Awarded the 2007 Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies’ Arthur P. Whitaker prize for best book in Latin American studies.)

Current Research Projects

Revising Book Manuscript - ""A ganar la calle': The Politics of Public Space and Public Art in Santiago, Chile, 1970-1973."

"Valparaiso, Chile between the Gold Rush and the Panama Canal" (Research project-in-progress, which looks at the port city of Valparaiso through the lens of transnational and local, urban history simultaneously to study the transformation of a "Pacific World").

Frequently Taught Courses

Urban History of Latin America
Visual and Material Culture of the Americas
Art and Politics in Latin America
The Public Sphere and Popular Culture
Dictatorship and Human Rights in the Americas 

Professional Affiliations

American Historical Association
Latin American Studies Association
Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies