She is currently writing a social and cultural history of the paternity test, which explores how new scientific techniques for establishing parentage enabled new ways of thinking about kinship in different global societies.
Nara Milanich, associate professor of History at Barnard College, specializes in modern Latin America and also directs the interdisciplinary MA program in Latin American Studies. Her research interests center on the comparative history of family and kinship, childhood, and gender and their relationship to class reproduction, state formation, labor, and law. She is the author of "Children of Fate: Childhood, Class, the State in Chile, 1850–1930" (DukeUniversity Press, 2009) and is currently working on two new projects. One traces the expansion of family rights (defined as new rights and recognition of non-normative families) in twentieth-century Latin America and the other explores forms of servitude involving children in post-emancipation Latin American societies. Her publications have appeared in American Historical Review, Journal of Social History, Hispanic American Historical Review, and Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina, as well as in edited collections in the U.S., Chile, and Colombia. She is co-editor (with Elizabeth Quay Hutchison, Thomas Klubock, and Peter Winn) of "The Chile Reader" (under contract with Duke University Press). She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.
Chile, Brazil, Italy