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Sarah Hines

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2015

M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2009

M.Ed. City University of New York, 2005

B.A. Barnard College, 2002


Professor Hines’s research and teaching focus on Latin America and the Caribbean with an emphasis on histories of the environment, infrastructure, race and ethnicity, and social movements. Her current book project, Water for All: Community, Property, and Revolution in Twentieth-Century Bolivia, is a history of water access and hydraulic engineering in Bolivia from the late nineteenth century to the present. It is under contract with the University of California Press and will published in 2021. The book concentrates on the Cochabamba Valley, the site of intense conflict over water tenure, hydraulic infrastructure, and attempts to reform both over this period, especially after the 1952 Bolivian Revolution. Through analysis of a wide variety of sources, from agrarian reform case records to engineering studies to oral history interviews, the book explores a century-long process of water dispossession, recovery, and redistribution, providing a new vantage point on indigenous community closure, national revolution, and the Water Wars of the early 2000s.

The project has received support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Inter-American Foundation, the UC Berkeley Institute for International Studies, and the Barnard College Alumnae Association. The book manuscript is based on Hines’s 2015 dissertation, “Dividing the Waters: How Power, Property and Protest Transformed the Waterscape of Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1879-2000,” which won the UC Berkeley History Department Dissertation Prize and the New England Council of Latin American Studies Dissertation Prize. A related article, “The Power and Ethics of Vernacular Modernism: The Misicuni Dam Project in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1944–2017,” appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review in May 2018.

Professor Hines was born in Maryland and raised in Massachusetts. Before graduate school, she taught social studies at Taft High School in the Bronx, NY for several years. Before joining the faculty at OU, she was a visiting professor of history and Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College and an assistant professor of history at the University of Maine at Machias.

Selected Publications


Water for All: Revolution, Property, and Community in Twentieth-Century Bolivia (under contract with the University of California Press, forthcoming 2021)


“The Power and Ethics of Vernacular Modernism: The Misicuni Dam Project in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 1944-2016.” Hispanic American Historical Review 98.2 (May 2018).

“¿Desarrollo Ecológico?: el proyecto Misicuni de Cochabamba, Bolivia.” Decursos: Revista de Ciencias Sociales 32 y 33 (July 2016).

“La construcción histórica de los usos y costumbres del agua en Cochabamba.” In Construcción de la Agenda Departamental del Agua de Cochabamba, 17-47. Cochabamba, Bolivia: Gobierno Departamental, 2013.

“After the Water War: Contemporary Political Culture in Cochabamba, Bolivia.” CLAS Working Paper Series. Berkeley, CA: Center for Latin American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2009.


HIST 2623 Modern Latin America, 1810-Present

HIST 3573 Social Movements and Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Latin America

HIST 3573 Rigoberta Menchú’s Testimony

HIST 3573 Latin American Refugees, 1970-Present

HIST 3573 State Terror and Resistance in Cold War Latin America

HIST 4543 Latin America in the Age of the Cuban Revolution

HIST 4553 Latin American Environmental History

HIST 6300 Latin American Environmental History (graduate)

HIST 6300 Race, Nation, and the Environment in Latin American History (graduate)