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About Ernesto B. Capello

Professor Capello's scholarship emphasizes transnational imaginaries and encounters, urban history, visual culture, and the history of cartography. These currents intersect in his first book, "City at the Center of the World: Space, History, and Modernity in Quito" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011) which posits six chronotopes - or narrative configurations of space-time - that provided a framework for Quito residents to navigate the challenges of a city undergoing the dislocation of nineteenth and early twentieth-century modernization. His writings have appeared in various journals in the United States, Europe, and Latin America including the Latin American Research Review, City, Araucaria, and Procesos. He is currently developing two new book projects, one investigating commemorative French and Ecuadorian cartographic collaboration in the early twentieth century and another examining hemispheric responses to Nelson Rockefeller’s 1969 Presidential Mission to Latin America.
EDUCATION: BA Vassar College; MA & PhD University of Texas, Austin
Capello has been teaching at Macalester since 2008.


Present Associate Professor - History, Macalester College


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  • Introduction to Latin America and the Caribbean
  • The Andes: Race, Region, and Nation
  • Latin America: Art & Nation
  • Transnational Latin Americas

Contact Information

Old Main 302
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


Selected Articles (4)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (8)

Selected Reviews (1)