Finchelstein, Federico


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

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Areas of Expertise:
Fascism, the Holocaust, Jewish history, Anti-Semitism and Racism in Latin America and Europe, Comparative Genocide, the Extreme Right and Neo-Nazis, Populism, Dictatorship 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, 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 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, including The New York TimesThe GuardianInternational Herald TribuneMediapart (France)El Diario (NYC) Clarin (Argentina) and Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil
Courses Taught:
  • Theories of Fascism and Totalitarianism (Latin American and Europe) 
  • History of Fascism
  • History, Trauma, and Genocide
  • History of the Holocaust 
  • Repression in Latin America
Recent Publications:

The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War. Fascism, Populism, and Dictatorship in twentieth century Argentina  (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
Spanish translation: Los Orígenes ideológicos de la Dictadura (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana-Random House, forthcoming, 2015)

“Caso Nisman resume problemas institucionais da Argentina”Folha de S. Paulo  (Brazil), June  6, 2015

“El mito de la antipatria y la memoria sin historia”Clarín (Argentina), May 26, 2015

“El mito de las dos Argentinas”Clarín (Argentina), March 10, 2015

El mito del fascismo. De Freud a Borges (Buenos Aires: Capital Intelectual, 2015)

“Prosecutor's death and the 'Dirty War': Argentina wonders if past is prologue”Reuters, January 29, 2015

“Russia Today, Argentina Tomorrow” (With Fabian Bosoer) The New York Times, October 21, 2014

"Is Fascism Returning to Europe?" (With Fabian Bosoer) The New York Times, December 18, 2013

"Can Europe learn from Latin America about history and justice? (With Fabian Bosoer) Mediapart (France) October 9, 2013

“An Argentine Dictator's Legacy” International Herald Tribune, May 28, 2013

"Cooperate and Move on" (On the Malvinas/ Falklands and Legacy of Margaret Thatcher), New York Times, Opinion Pages - Room for Debate, April 9, 2013 

“Fascism and the Holocaust,” in Dan Stone, ed., The Holocaust and Historical Methodology (Berghahn Books, 2012)

 “The Theory and Practice of the Argentine Dictatorship,” in Enrique Peruzzotti and Martin Plot, eds., Critical Theory and Democracy: Essays in Honour of Andrew Arato (Routledge, 2012)

Transatlantic Fascism: Ideology, Violence and the Sacred in Argentina and Italy, 1919-1945 (Duke University Press, 2010)

Spanish translation: El fascismo Transatlántico. Ideología, violencia y lo sagrado en Argentina e Italia, 1919-1945 (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2010)

El Canon del Holocausto (Editorial Prometeo, 2010)

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