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María-Clara Torres

Photo PhD Candidate

Dissertation: "The Roots of an Illicit Peasant Crop: Coca in Colombia, 1950–2010"


Interests: I am a historian of Latin America with an emphasis on drugs, peasant politics, rural conflicts, Cold War, and the Andean region. My dissertation shows how Colombia's long unresolved rural conflicts, the legacies of Cold War counterinsurgency campaigns, and the Alliance for Progress' agrarian reforms interacted with specific regional powers, peasant economies, and ethnic cultures to produce a distinct regional path to illicit coca. It illustrates Colombia's transformation into a major drug-producing country from the ground up. 


Office:  SBS S-312

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Advisor: Gootenberg