Professor of History
80 Fifth Avenue
Federico Finchelstein is Professor of History at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College. He has taught at the History Department of Brown University and he received his PhD at Cornell University.
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, September 2017).
His last book, The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War (Oxford University Press, 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 (Duke University Press, 2010), studies the global connections between Italian and Argentine fascism.
Professor Finchelstein has published more than fifty academic articles and reviews on Fascism, Latin American Populism, the relationship between history and political theory, the Cold War, Genocide and Antisemitism in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian publications, both in collective books and specialized peer review journals in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Brazil, and Argentina. He has been a contributor to major American, European, and Latin American newspapers and media, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Reuters, The Washington Post, Politico, Mediapart (France) El Diario (NYC) Clarin (Argentina) and Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil).
Ph.D. in History, Cornell University, 2006
M.A., Cornell University, 2003
Licenciado en historia, University of Buenos Aires, 2000
American Historical Association
From Fascism to Populism in History (Berkeley: University of California, forthcoming)
El mito del fascismo. De Freud a Borges (Buenos Aires: Capital Intelectual, 2015)
The Ideological Origins of the Dirty War. Fascism, Populism, and Dictatorship in twentieth century Argentina (New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014); in Spanish Translation: Los Orígenes ideológicos de la Dictadura (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana-Random House, 2016)
Transatlantic Fascism. Ideology, Violence and the Sacred in Argentina and Italy, 1919-1945 (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2010); in Spanish Translation: El fascismo Trasatlántico. Ideología, violencia y lo sagrado en Argentina e Italia, 1919-1945 (Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2010)
El Canon del Holocausto (Buenos Aires: Editorial Prometeo, 2010)
La Argentina Fascista (Buenos Aires: Sudamericana, 2008)
Fascismo, Liturgia e Imaginario. El mito del general Uriburu y la Argentina nacionalista (Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2002)
El Holocausto, los alemanes y la culpa colectiva. El debate Goldhagen (Buenos Aires: Eudeba/Buenos Aires University Press, 1999)
Dialogues on Power and Space, introduction and co-edited with Andreas Kalyvas (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015)
Populism in History and Theory, to be edited with Nadia Urbinati
Selected Articles and Chapters in Books and Journals
“Fascism, History and Evil in Roberto Bolaño” in Nicholas Birns & Juan De Castro (eds.) Roberto Bolaño as World Literature (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming)
“The Transatlantic Circulation of Fascism. Italian Fascism, Argentine Fascism and Peronism” In Valeria Galimi, Alessio Gagliardi & Camilla Poesio (eds.) Fascismo transnazionale (Rome: Viella, forthcoming)
"Truth, Mythology and the Fascist Unconsious" (Constellations, 2016)
“Populism and the Cold War Renunciation of Dictatorship” in Paul Corner (ed.) Handbook on the History of Mass Dictatorships (Palgrave, 2016)
“Corporatism, Dictatorship and Populism in Argentina” In Antonio Costa Pinto (ed.) Authoritarianism and Corporatism in Europe and Latin America (forthcoming in English and Portuguese, Brazil and Portugal)
"El Holocausto, el fascismo y la guerra sucia" in Christian Sperling (ed.) Historia y Violencia (México: UAM, 2015)
"From Holocaust Trauma to the Dirty War," Historical Reflections 41, 3 (2015)
"A Ditadura "revolucionária"? Sobre a Teoria e Prática da Junta Militar argentina (1976-1983)" in Nildo Avelino, Telma Dias Fernandes and Ana Montoia (eds.) Ditaduras: a desmesura do poder (história, memória, política) (São Paulo, Brazil: Intermeios, 2015) 103-127
"La riformulazione peronista del fascismo" Contemporanea (Italy) XVIII, 4 (2014)
"Prefacio" in Tulio Halperin Donghi, Medio Siglo de Estudios Latinoamericanos (Buenos Aires: Prometeo, 2014)
"Fascism and the Holocaust." In Dan Stone (ed.) The Holocaust and Historical Methodology (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012) 255-271
"The Holocaust as Ideology. Borges and the Meaning of Transnational Fascism," Dapim - Studies on the Holocaust 25 (2011) [In Separate Issues in Hebrew and English] 273-300; also published as "An Argentine Experience? Borges, Judaism, and the Holocaust" in Adriana Brodsky and Raanan Rein (eds.), The New Jewish Argentina: Facets of Jewish Experience in the Southern Cone (Leiden: Brill, 2013) 147-178
"History and Memory from Past to Future. A Dialogue with Dori Laub" Yifat Gutmman and Amy Sodaro (eds.) Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics and Society (New York: Palgrave, 2010) 50-65
Fascism Becomes Desire. On Freud, Mussolini and Transnational Politics," in Mariano Plotkin and Joy Damousi (eds.) The Transnational Unconscious (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) 97-123
"On Fascist Ideology." Constellations. An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, Volume 15, Number 3 (2008) 320-331
"Sexo, Raça e Nacionalismo. A construção católica do del estere?tipo corporal judaico na Argentina." in Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro (ed.) O ANTI-SEMITISMO NAS AMÉRICAS. Memória e História (São Paulo, Brazil: Editora da Universidade de São Paulo-Fapesp, 2007) 181-204
"The Anti-Freudian Politics of Argentine fascism. Antisemitism, Catholicism and the Internal enemy, 1932-1945." Hispanic American Historical Review, 87, 1, (February, 2007) 77-110
Newspaper and Magazine Articles
“Trump’s macho populism,” (With Pablo Piccato) Open Democracy (UK), October 3, 2016; In Spanish: "Democracia Abierta," October 4, 2016
"El legado autoritario que yace en nuestra historia," Clarin (Argentina) March 20, 2016
"Donald Trump may be showing us the future of right-wing politics (with Pablo Piccato)," The Washington Post, February 27, 2016
"Trump, Fascismo y Populismo," (with Pablo Piccato) Nexos (Mexico) February 1, 2016
"A Belief System that Once Laid the Groundwork for Fascism," (with Pablo Piccato) The New York Times, December 9, 2015
“Russia Today, Argentina Tomorrow,” (with Fabian Bosoer) The New York Times, October 21, 2014
“Prosecutor’s death and the ‘Dirty War’: Argentina wonders if past is prologue,” Reuters, January 29, 2015
“Caso Nisman resume problemas institucionais da Argentina,” Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), June 6, 2015
"Is Fascism Returning to Europe?" (with Fabian Bosoer) The New York Times, December 18, 2013
“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 legado autoritario, de Lugones a Milani,” Clarín (Argentina), December 21, 2014
“Tulio Halperín Donghi en nuestra historia,” La Nación (Argentina), November 21, 2014
“Vitimização é eixo da diplomacia de populistas latino-americanos,” Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), November 21, 2014
"An Argentine Dictator's Legacy," International Herald Tribune, May 28, 2013
"Latin America sees straight through John Kerry's 'Monroe' speech," (with Pablo Piccato) The Guardian November 21, 2013
"The World Cup of Politics in Latin America," (with Pablo Piccato) Mediapart (France) July 1, 2014
"Herdeiros de Chávez tentam transformar seu legado em religião," Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), September 5, 2014
"La libertad de pensar," La Opinión (Los Angeles) September 4, 2014; also published in El Diario (NYC) September 5, 2014
"El kirchnerismo y la 'esencia nacional'," Clarín (Argentina), August 27, 2014
"Un gobierno al que pocos quieren recordar," Clarín (Argentina), June 16, 2014
"No confundir malos gobiernos con fascismo," Clarín (Argentina), April 16, 2014
"What the Pope can talk about with the Queen of England," (with Fabian Bosoer) Mediapart (France) April 2, 2014; Republished in Spanish: Mediapart (France) April 2, 2014
"Por qué negar que el peronismo es un populismo," La Nación (Argentina), March 14, 2014
"Cooperate and Move on" (On the Malvinas/ Falklands and Legacy of Margaret Thatcher), (with Fabian Bosoer) The New York Times, Opinion Pages - Room for Debate, April 9, 2013
"The Silence and Tradition of Pope Francis," Mediapart (France) March 14, 2013
"Argentina's About-Face on Terror," (with Fabian Bosoer) The New York Times, March 2, 2013
"When Neo-Fascism was Power in Argentina," Public Seminar, July 2, 2014
"Argentina vs. the international financial system," (with Fabian Bosoer) Open Democracy (UK), June 29, 2014.
"Populism and Neoliberalism: The Dark Sides of the Moon," (with Fabian Bosoer) Queries: The European Progressive Magazine, 3, Winter 2014
"Bad Vibes": On Populism and Crisis Denial in Argentina," (with Diego Finchelstein) Dissent: A Quarterly of Politics and Culture, February 25, 2014
"Argentina's truth commission at 30," (with Fabian Bosoer) Al Jazeera America, January 19, 2014.
"Argentina: militarism vs democracy," (with Fabian Bosoer) Open Democracy (UK) August 3, 2013.
Invited Lecture. “On the Origins of Populism”Philosophische Fakultät; Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Technische Universität Dresden, July 5, 2016, Dresden, Germany
Keynote Speaker. “Una storia della violenza in America Latina” in Congresso Internazionale: Autoritarismi nel mondo Iberico e Iberoamericano. Università Ca' Foscari, Venice, Italy, April 13-15, 2016.
Invited Lecture."On Borges & Lugones", Harvard University, September 29, 2015.
Invited Lecture. “Rethinking Fascism.” Trent University. Canada, March 30, 2015.
Invited Lecture. “The Dirty War in Context” Institute for Historical Studies and the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin, March 24, 2015.
Invited Lecture. 'Rethinking the Argentine Dirty War, 1976-83, and the Holocaust” University of Texas at El Paso, March 3, 2015.
Invited Lecture. "A Genealogy of the Dirty War" Center for Latin American and Border Studies, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, March 4, 2015.
Inaugural Lecture for 2015 Academic Year. “El mito político en la historia” CUCHS. University of Guadalajara, Mexico. February 10, 2015.
Invited Lecture. “On Political History” at Guadalajara International Book Fair-Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, Mexico, December 4, 2014.
Invited Lecture. “Sobre Guerras Sucias, dictadura y memoria” University of Campinas /Unicamp, Brazil, October 22, 2014.
Invited Lecture. "Fascism, Populism and Dictatorship" Institute of Social Sciences. University of Lisbon. PIUDHist - Programa Interuniversitário de Doutoramento em História & Doutoramento em Política Comparada - ICS-ULisboa (com o Apoio da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian), Lisbon, June 2, 2014.
"Populism" Conference on Political Concepts. Brown University, Cogut Center for the Humanities-Brown University, Providence, November 15-16, 2013.
Invited Lecture. “Peronism and Cold War Violence”, Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung, Hamburg, Germany, October 30, 2013.
Invited Lecture. “Transnational Fascism and Antisemitism in the Transatlantic Space". Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich,Germany, October 28, 2013.
Keynote Speaker “Fascism, Myth and Critical Theory” Primeras Jornadas Internacionales "Actualidad de la Teoría Crítica" Rosario, Argentina. Facultad de Psicología. Universidad Nacional de Rosario, October 10, 11 and 12, 2013
Keynote Speaker “Conferencia Magistral. Historia, Fascismo y Violencia” In Jornadas Hacia una Historiografía del Violencia, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) , Mexico City, June 4-6, 2013
Selected Media Appearances, Reviews, and Interviews
History and Theory; Comparative and Transnational Fascism and Populism; Intellectual and Cultural History (Latin America and Europe); History, Violence and Politics; Holocaust & Genocide Studies
The New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS) 2011 Best Book in Latin American Studies Prize, awarded to Transatlantic Fascism. Ideology, Violence and the Sacred in Argentina and Italy, 1919-1945 (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2010).
Masters Thesis Seminar
Directed Dissertation Study
The Politics of Xenophobia
Ind Senior Project