Yovanna Pineda

Yovanna Pineda, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in History and Latin American Studies from University of California Los Angeles (2002)
  • Certificate in Statistical Methods from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1997)
  • M.A. in History from University of California Los Angeles (1996)
  • B.A. in History and Latin American Studies from University of California Los Angeles (1994)

Research Interests

  • History of Latin America (Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries)
  • History of Argentina
  • Industrialization 
  • Technology and Farm Machinery 
  • Poverty and Development Studies
  • Global Activism

Recent Research Activities

Yovanna Pineda is an Associate Professor of History and author of the book Industrial Development in a Frontier Economy: The industrialization of Argentina, 1890-1930 (Stanford, 2009). Her second book, Innovating Technologies: Farm Machinery Invention, Rituals, and Memory in Argentina, will challenge the perception that developing regions must remain persistently dependent on foreign technology to prosper. It examines how Argentine farmers and blacksmiths in the nineteenth century continually improved on agricultural technology imported from the United Kingdom and the United States. Drawing on invention patents, the archives of family-owned factories, and over seventy oral histories of the men and women who designed and used domestic farm machinery, Dr. Pineda shows that Argentine farmers did not merely tinker and tweak foreign designs but sparked an endogenous, grassroots program that developed the localized, technological skill necessary to produce machinery best suited to their needs. By the early twentieth century these farmers began taking out patents on machinery that was as technically advanced as foreign products but more useful: rugged designs allowed for year-round exposure to the elements, light-weight construction, and simpler, more intuitive controls required less training for operators. By the mid-twentieth century, Argentine farmers who had previously imported machinery were now exporting small quantities to manufacturers and sharing their engineering ideas about their harvesters and combines to farm fields well beyond the Pampas, including in Brazil, Venezuela, and the former Soviet bloc nations.

In conjunction with this project, Dr. Pineda is directing The Harvester, a companion documentary that explores the technology history of Santa Fe province of Argentina. Located in the country’s fertile Pampas, this region was home to harvester and farm machinery companies during the twentieth century. Through interviews, archival footage, and narration, the film illustrates how the rise of this industry shaped a sense of community and identity that still exists there today. It is not too much to say that in Santa Fe, the domestic harvester was not just a source of profit but of deep pride, and the film awakens us to the fact that technological innovation not only exists in developing nations but thrives in the most unexpected of rural places. 

Dr. Pineda is also coordinating a virtual reality immersion project for college-level Courses, "African Life and Slave Experience in Brazil, Nineteenth Century," in collaboration with the History Department, Games Research Lab, Computer Science Department, and Africana Studies Program.

Selected Publications



  • Forthcoming "Farm Machinery Users, Designers and Government Policy in Argentina, 1861-1930," Agricultural History (Summer 2018).
  • Forthcoming "Civic Engagement and Empowering Our Students," Women, Gender, and Families of Color in special issue, "Trump's America? Disquiet Campus? Marginalized College Students, Faculty, and Staff Reflect on Learning, Working, Living, and Engaging" (Spring 2018). 
  • “Gendering Poverty in Labor Legislation in Argentina, 1900-1930.Activist History Review (September 2017).
  • El ‘Nilo de Argentina’: Proyectos para el manejo del agua y medio ambiente a lo largo del Río Negro, 1880-1910,” (“The ‘Nile’ of Argentina: The Irrigation Projects of the Río Negro, 1880-1910”), translated by Maria Eugenia Vásquez. Revista de Historia Internacional (ISTOR), Special Series on Environmental History, Año XVIII, No. 69 (Summer 2017). 
  • Technology in Latin America’s Past and Present: New Evidence from the Patent Records. Co-authored with Edward Beatty and Patricio Sáiz. Latin American Research Review, Vol. 52, no. 1 (March 2017). 
  • History and Belonging: First-Generation Latino/a Students and the Discipline’s Future.” Perspectives on History, Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association (December 2016).
  • “Gender‐Based Legislation and Female Labor Productivity in Argentine Factories, 1895‐1935.” Estudios Económicos, Vol. XXIX no. 58 (January‐June 2012), 39‐61.
  • “Financing Manufacturing Innovation in Argentina, 1890-1930,” Business History Review, Vol. 83 (Autumn 2009), 539-562
  • “Manufacturing Profits and Strategies in Argentine Industrial Development, 1904-1930,” Business History, Vol. 49, no. 2 (March 2007), 186-210
  • “Sources of Finance and Reputation: Merchant Finance Groups in Argentine Industrialization, 1890-1930,” Latin American Research Review, Vol. 41, no. 2 (June 2006), 3-30

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Forthcoming "The Developmental State and the Agricultural Machinery Industry in Argentina," in edited volume, State and Nation-making in Latin America and Spain, 1930-1990, Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming in 2018.



  • 2015, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of History, the Urban Studies Program, and the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • 2009-2010, Santander Visiting Scholar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University


  • 2018, Workshop Grant, Swiss National Science Foundation for "The Role of Users in Global Technological History." Co-organizer with Dr. Christiane Berth, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 2017, Pauley Endowment Travel Award, History Department, University of Central Florida
  • 2015, Pauley Endowment Travel Award, History Department, University of Central Florida
  • 2014, Summer Stipends Award, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2014, Summer Seminar on Jewish Buenos Aires, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • 2013, Research Development Travel Award, College of Arts and Humanities Research Office, University of Central Florida
  • 2013, Pauley Endowment Travel Award, History Department, University of Central Florida 
  • 2011-2012, In-House Research Grants, Office of Research and Commercialization, University of Central Florida


  • 2018, Participant, Virtual Reality and Education Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida
  • 2016, Participant, Active Learning Course Innovation Program, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Central Florida
  • 2013, Faculty Fellow, Writing across the Curriculum Program, University of Central Florida
  • 2011, Equipment and Software Support Grant for Teaching, Center for the Humanities and Digital Research, University of Central Florida
  • 2010, Course Design and Development Training (80 hours), Center for Distributed Learning, University of Central Florida



No courses found for Spring 2019.

No courses found for Fall 2018.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61434 LAH4503 History of South America Rdce Time A Tu,Th 12:00PM - 1:50PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11567 LAH4630 History of Modern Brazil Rdce Time M,W 9:30AM - 10:20AM Unavailable
No Description Available
21181 WOH4208 History Global Drug Trade Rdce Time M,W 11:30AM - 12:20PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91068 LAH4503 History of South America Rdce Time M,W 1:30PM - 2:20PM Unavailable
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Updated: Mar 14, 2018