Marcelo Borges received his Ph. D. from Rutgers University (1997) and undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from the National University of La Plata, Argentina (1988). His teaching focuses on Latin America, international migrations, and comparative history. His research focuses on transatlantic migrations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; immigration in Argentina; comparative migrations; migrant correspondence; and memory and oral narratives of migration.
His publications include books on company towns in global perspective and Portuguese migration to Argentina, and numerous articles on migration history. His current research focuses on migrants' correspondence, transnational families, and migration, identity and community formation in Patagonia.
Together with students and colleagues from Dickinson College and the Universidad Nacional de la Patagonia, he developed the Patagonia Mosaic–a collaborative research and teaching project that focuses on transnational migration, labor, and identity in the former oil company towns of central Patagonia. Click here to visit the project's website.
Company Towns: Labor, Space, and Power Relations Across Time and Continents, co-edited with Susana Torres. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. (See book details)
Chains of Gold: Portuguese Migration to Argentina in Transatlantic Perspective. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2009. (See book details)
Journal issue (guest editor)
Portuguese Studies Review 14, 2 (2006; released 2009). Special Issue: “Portuguese Migrations in Comparison: Historical Patterns and Transnational Communities.”
An Argentine Mosaic: Destino Patagonia, 2009. Co-produced with Susan Rose. Bilingual documentary about the Argentine migration experience, focusing on the oral histories of migrants to the Patagonian town of Comodoro Rivadavia and its oil company towns.
“Migrações portuguesas na Argentina: redes transatlânticas e experiências locais,” in Do Fado ao Tango: Os Portugueses na Região Platina, edited by Helena Carreiras and Andrés Malamud. Lisbon: Editora Mundos Socias, 2010, 15–41. [Portuguese translation of article published in Portuguese Studies Review, 2009.]
“Muitas Américas: padrões de migração transatlântica e escolha do destino no sul de Portugal (séculos XIX e XX),” Ler História 59 (2009): 83–104 [Portuguese translation of article published in Studi Migrazione, 2003.]
“Portugiesische Arbeitswanderer in West-, Mittel- und Nordeuropa seit den 1950er Jahren (Beispiele Frankreich und Deutschland),” [Portuguese ‘Guestworkers’ in Northern, Central, and Western Europe since the 1950s], in Enzyklopädie Migration in Europa: vom 17. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, eds. Klaus Bade, Pieter Emmer, Leo Lucassen, and Jochen Otlmer. Paderborn: Schöningh; Munich: Wilhelm Fink, 2007, 891–6. (Forthcoming in English.)
“Portuguese Migrations in Argentina: Transatlantic Networks and Local Experiences,” Portuguese Studies Review 14, 2 (2006; released 2009): 87–123.
“Migrations in Latin America: A Crosscultural Perspective,” in “Review Symposium: Cultures in Contact,” International Review of Social History, 49 (2004): 483–88.
“Los portugueses en Buenos Aires a mediados del siglo XIX: Una aproximación socio-demográfica,”[Portuguese Immigrants in Mid-Nineteenth Century Buenos Aires: A Sociodemographic Approach], Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos 4, 12 (Aug. 1989): 353–82.
Last updated: September 2012