Finchelstein, Federico


Federico Finchelstein
PhD, History, Cornell University
Professor of History, The New School for Social Research

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Areas of Expertise:

Fascism, Populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust, Jewish history, Anti-Semitism and Racism in Latin America and Europe, Comparative Genocide, the Extreme Right and Neo-Nazis and Human Rights Violations


Professor Finchelstein is the author of five books on fascism, populism, Dirty Wars, the Holocaust and Jewish history in Latin America and Europe. 

His new book is: From Fascism to Populism in History (University of California Press, Spring 2017).

His last book, The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War (2014), focuses on the theory and practice of the fascist idea throughout the twentieth century, analyzing the connections between fascism and the Holocaust, antisemitism, and the military junta's practices of torture and state violence, with its networks of concentration camps and extermination. His previous book, Transatlantic Fascism (2010), studies the global connections between Italian and Argentine fascism.More than 50 academic articles and reviews by Mr. Finchelstein, on subjects including fascism, Latin American, American and European populism, genocide, and anti-Semitism, have been published in books and specialized peer-reviewed journals in a number of languages. He has been a contributor to major American, European, and Latin American newspapers and news media, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Guardian, Politico, Reuters, Mediapart (France), El Diario (NYC) Clarin (Argentina) and Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil).

Courses Taught:
  • The Politics of Xenphobia: From Fascism to Populism
  • History of Fascism
  • History, Trauma, and Genocide
  • History of the Holocaust 
  • Repression in Latin America
Recent Publications:

From Fascism to Populism in History (University of California Press, Spring 2017).



The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War. Fascism, Populism, and Dictatorship in twentieth century Argentina  (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)

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