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Jennifer Carcamo

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Email    jennifer.carcamo@ucla.edu
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I am currently a PhD candidate with a focus on modern Central American history. While my previous research looks at the history of student movements in El Salvador and forced migration from Central America, my current doctoral research focuses on the origins and evolution of communist parties and socialist movements in Central America from 1920-1960. I am particularly interested in the ways these parties and movements frontally opposed fascism through transnational organizing efforts that centered international solidarity as well as actively involved women and afro indigenous communities.

I am also a documentary filmmaker. My first documentary Children of the Diaspora: For Peace and Democracy (2013) can be viewed for free at https://childrenofthediaspora.com/. My second documentary Eternos Indocumentados: Central American Refugees in the United States (2018) can also be viewed for free online at https://www.eternosindocumentados.com/

Field of Study

Latin America


Social History of Central America; Contemporary Latin America across race, class, and gender; Radical traditions in 20th century Latin America


Dissertation (Working Title): "Prohibido Olvidar: Central American Communists during the Rise of 20th Century Fascism"


Robin Derby, Fernando Perez-Montesinos, & Katherine Marino