Elías José Palti
Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Political Science
Competition: Latin America & Caribbean
Argentinian Elías José Palti is one of the most innovative and prolific writers on the intellectual history of Latin America. The depth of the knowledge of the political, literary, and cultural history of Central and South America that he has brought to his researches has been largely responsible for reshaping the debate about not only the political development of the region but the evolution of the very terms, such as democracy, that are used in the debate.
Since his first article was published in 1990, when he had just received his master’s degree in social sciences from FLACSO, Mr. Palti has published about ninety articles and written ten very influential monographs, among them Giro lingüístia e historia intellectual (Buenos Aires: Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, 1998), Aporías, Tiempo, Modernidad, Historia, Sujeto, Nación, Ley (Buenos Aires: Alianza, 2001), and La invención de una legitimidad. Razón y retórica en el pensamiento mexicano del siglo XIX (Un studio sobre las formas del discurso político) (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2005). Several of his works have become standard texts in university-level courses. He is also one of the founders of the journal Prismas.
Mr. Palti received an M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently he is an Independent Researcher for CONICET and a Professor at both the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes (since 1999) and the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires (since 2008). For two years, he also taught at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (2004-06).
During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Mr. Palti will be studying of the idea of democracy in nineteenth-century Latin America.