Marcelo J. Borges

Professor of History

Chair, Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Program

Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896

Phone: (717) 245-1186
Fax: (717) 245-1479

I received a Ph. D. from Rutgers University (1997) and a B.A. in History with a specialization in Latin America from the National University of La Plata, Argentina (1988).  My teaching focuses on Latin America, international migrations, and comparative history. My research interests include transatlantic migrations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; immigration in Argentina and Latin America in general; comparative migrations; migrant correspondence; and memory and oral narratives of migration.

My publications include books on company towns in global perspective and Portuguese migration to Argentina, and numerous articles on migration history. My current research focuses on migrants' correspondence, transnational families, and migration, identity and community formation in Patagonia.

During the 2013-14 academic year, I was in residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), in Wassenaar, as a EURIAS Senior Fellow. See a article on my research published in the NIAS newsletter here.


During the Spring 2013 semester, I participated in the Mediterranean Migration Mosaic, a faculty-student collaboration that explored the multiple connections built by migration and other contacts in France, Morocco, and Spain. You can visit the Mediterranean Migration Mosaic blog by clicking here.

I have also worked on other courses that explored comparative migrations in collaboration with faculty and students, including fieldwork and archival work. See the links for the Patagonia mosaics (2001, and 2003/2005) and the Mexican Migration mosaics (2003).


Fall 2017 courses:

  • Early Latin America History to 1800
  • Latin American-U.S. Relations
  • Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies Senior Seminar

Other courses taught:

  • Immigration, Race, and the Nation
  • Film and History in Latin America
  • Mediterranean Migrations
  • Latino Immigration
  • Introduction to Historical Methodology
  • Senior Seminar on International Migrations
  • Senior Seminar on Comparative History
  • First-year Seminars
  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile since 1800
  • Immigration to the Americas
  • Patagonia Mosaic 2001, 2003, 2005
  • Adams County-Mexico Mosaic 2003
  • Iberian Social History (Dickinson in Málaga Program )
  • Intercultural Seminar (Dickinson in Málaga Program )



See updates and links in my profile.


Company Towns: Labor, Space, and Power Relations Across Time and Continents, co-edited with Susana Torres. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. (See book details)

Company Towns Cover

Chains of Gold: Portuguese Migration to Argentina in Transatlantic Perspective. Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2009. (See book details)

Chains of Gold Cover


Journal issue (guest editor)

Journal of Family History 14, 3 (August 2016). Special Issue: "Migrant Letters," with Sonia Cancian.
See index


Portuguese Studies Review 14, 2 (2006; released 2009). Special Issue: “Portuguese Migrations in Comparison: Historical Patterns and Transnational Communities.”
(See index) (See contents in Google Books)

PSR Special Issue Cover



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.
(Watch a 10-minute clip)



“Portugal, Modern Era Migration," in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, edited by Immanuel Ness (New York, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwellm, 2013).

“Portuguese Labor Migration in Northwestern Europe since the 1950s: The Example of France and Germany," in The Enclopedia of European Migration and Minorities: From the Seventeenth Century to the Present, edited by Klaus Bade, Pieter Emmer, Leo Lucassen, and Jochen Oltmer (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

“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.

“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.
“Many Americas: Patterns of Transatlantic Migration and Choice of Destination in Southern Portugal (19th–20th Centuries)” Studi Emigrazione/Migration Studies 40, 150 (June 2003): 351–75.

“Network Migration, Marriage Patterns, and Adaptation in Rural Portugal and Among Portuguese Immigrants in Argentina, 1870–1980,” The History of the Family: An International Quarterly 8, 3 (2003): 445–79.

“Networks and Structures”, Historical Methods 34, 1 (Winter 2001): 40–3.

“Migration Systems in Southern Portugal: Regional and Transatlantic Circuits of Labor Migration in the Algarve (18th–20th Centuries),” International Review of Social History 45, 2 (Aug. 2000): 171–208.

“Portugueses en Buenos Aires en el siglo XIX: Orígenes y evolución de una comunidad multisecular” [Portuguese in Buenos Aires during the 19th century: Origins and Evolution of a Multi-secular Community], in Emigração/Imigração em Portugal: Actas do Colóquio Internacional sobre Emigração e Imigração em Portugal (séc. XIX–XX), edited by Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva, Maria I. Benis Baganha, Maria José Maranhão, and Miriam Halpern Pereira. Lisbon: Editorial Fragmentos, 1993, 308–22.

“Características residenciales de los inmigrantes portugueses en Buenos Aires en la segunda mitad del siglo XIX” [Residential Patterns Among Portuguese Immigrants in Buenos Aires During the Second Half of the 19th Century], Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos 6, 18 (Aug. 1991): 223–47.

“Historia y memoria en una comunidad rural de inmigrantes portugueses: Las fuentes orales en los estudios migratorios” [History and Memory in a Portuguese Immigrant Rural Community: Oral sources in Migration Studies], Estudios de Historia Rural (Serie Estudios/ Investigaciones No. 7), Universidad Nacional de La Plata (1991): 129–56.

“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 2014