CHOPE Fellow 2017-18 Margarita Fajardo

Scholars at work in the Center are trained in a variety of disciplines and work across disciplinary lines. “The thing I like best about the Center,” explains Margarita Farjado, a historian of modern Latin America, “is that my work has been enriched by the comments and insights of the economists here.” Margarita has a special interest in Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. She is interested the history of capitalism in Latin America and the global south. While at the Center she is working on her first book, tentatively titled The World that Latin America Created.  The book traces the origins of dependency theory, one of the most important paradigms of economic development and globalization. Focusing on a transnational network of economists and sociologists, diplomats and policymakers whose nexus was the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA in English and CEPAL in Spanish and Portuguese), the book examines the transformation of ideas about economic development and capitalism in the three decades after the Second World War. The book challenges widespread assumptions about the origins and scope of dependency theory and recasts the political project of regional intellectuals in the global sphere.