Greg Grandin

Professor of History

Yale University, PhD 1999

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 611



Personal Homepage:

Field of Study: 

Latin America and the Carribbean


Greg Grandin is the author of a number of prize-winning books, including most recently "The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World," which won the Bancroft Prize in American History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in the UK. NPR’s Maureen Corrigan on Fresh Air named The Empire of Necessity as the best book of 2014, both non-fiction and fiction. "Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City" was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, as well as for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and was picked by the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and NPR for their “best of” lists, and named it the best history book of 2009. Grandin’s other books include "Empire’s Workshop, The Last Colonial Massacre, The Blood of Guatemala," and the co-edited (with Gil Joseph) anthology, "A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence during Latin America’s Long Cold War." A professor of history at NYU and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Grandin writes on American Exceptionalism, US foreign policy, Latin America, genocide, and human rights. He has published in The New York Times, Harper’s, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Boston Review, The Los Angeles Times, and The American Historical Review. He has been a frequent guest on Democracy Now! and has appeared on The Charlie Rose Show. Grandin also served as a consultant to the United Nations truth commission on Guatemala and has been the recipient of a number of prestigious fellowships, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. His new book, "Kissinger’s Shadow," will be published in August.

Selected Works:



    The Empire of Necessity: Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World,
    Metropolitan Books, 2014.

    *New York Times Editor's Choice
    *San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book
    *WINNER of the Bancroft Prize

fordlandiaBOOK.jpgFordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City, Metropolitan Books, 2009.  Published in Brazil as Fordlândia:  Ascensão e queda da cidade esquecida and called “um grande livro” by country’s leading columnist, Elio Gaspari.
    *Pulitzer Prize Finalist
    *National Book Awards Finalist
    *National Book Critics Circle Awards Finalist
    *New York Times Notable Books of 2009
    *TLS‘s Sir Ferdinand Mount as best book of 2010
    *“Best book of 2010″ (paperback), NPR’s The Takeaway
    *One of the BBC’s Ten Best Driving Books of 2010

EmpiresBOOK.jpgEmpire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism (American Empire Project), Metropolitan Books, 2006.




ColonialMassacreBOOK.jpgThe Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War, University of Chicago Press, 2004.






BloodofGuatemalaBOOK.jpgThe Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation, Duke University Press, 2000.
    *Winner, 2001 Bryce Wood Award, Latin American Studies Association





Other Publications

A Century of Revolution: Insurgent and Counterinsurgent Violence During Latin America’s Long Cold War, co-edited with Gilbert Joseph, Duke University Press 2010.

Human Rights and Revolutions, co-edited with Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Lynn Hunt, and Marilyn Young, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

Truth Commissions:  State Terror, History, Memory, a special issue of Radical History Review co-edited with Thomas M. Klubock, 2007.

Denegado en su totalidad: documentos estadounidenses liberados, AVANCSO, 2001.

A Revolução Guatemalteca, UNESP, 2002.


H-Diplo Roundtable on Fordlandia, May 25, 2010

Your Americanism and Mine:  Americanism and Anti-Americanism in the Americas,” American Historical Review, October 2006 111;4

The Instruction of Great Catastrophe:  Truth Commissions, National History, and State Formation in Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala,” American Historical Review, February 2005, 110;1

Off the Beach:  Latin America, The United States, and the Cold War,” in A Companion to Post-1945 America, Jean-Christophe Agnew and Roy Rosenzweig, eds.

History, Motive, Law, Intent Combining Historical and Legal Methods in Understanding Guatemala’s 1981-1983 Genocide,” in The Specter of Genocide: Mass Murder in Historical Perspective, Ben Kiernan and Robert Gellately, eds.

The Narcissism of Violent Differences,” Anti-Americanism, Andrew Ross and Kristin Ross, eds.

The Imperial Presidency: The Legacy of Reagan’s Central America Policy,” in Confronting the New Conservatism: The Rise of the Right in America, Michael Thompson, ed.

“Human Rights and Empire’s Embrace: A Latin American Counterpoint,” in Human Rights and Revolutions, Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Greg Grandin, Lynn Hunt, Marilyn Young, eds.

A More Onerous Citizenship: Illness, Race, and Nation in Republican Guatemala” in Reclaiming the Political in Latin American History, Gilbert M. Joseph, ed.





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