This profile was current as of 2021, when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
Paula Alonso is an associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University, where she is a historian of politics in Latin America with a focus on Argentina. Her research addresses institutions, politics, the press, and cultural history.
Her research project for her spring 2021 fellowship at Kellogg, “The Politics of Democracy: Argentina and the Atlantic World, 1860-1930,” explores the interaction between the idea and the practice of democracy during that period.
Alonso is the author of two books on Argentina’s late 19th-century political history, editor of a collective work on the history of the periodical press in Latin America between 1820 and 1920, and co-editor of a series of studies on Argentina’s federal system. She is currently writing A Concise History of Argentina, under contract with Cambridge University Press. Her work has been published by top journals in her field, and she has contributed to edited volumes with studies on elections, liberalism, federalism, the press, and historiography.
Alonso’s work has been supported by grants from The Leverhulme Trust, the CONICET, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Fundación Antorchas. She has been awarded visiting research positions by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, and by the Center for Latin American Studies and the History Department at the University of Maryland.
Alonso earned a PhD from the University of Oxford.