Faculty Affiliates

Jeffrey Erbig
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Research Center for the Americas
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  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 109
  • Office Hours Fall 2018: Wednesdays, 12-2 p.m. & by appointment
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Biography, Education and Training

Jeffrey Erbig is a historian of Latin America, whose research focuses on interethnic borderlands in the eighteenth-century Río de la Plata region (present-day Uruguay, northeastern Argentina, and southern Brazil). He holds a PhD in Latin American history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His current book manuscript explores how autonomous Indigenous communities known as Charrúas and Minuanes simultaneously limited and took advantage of Luso-Hispanic initiatives to create an interimperial border between Brazil and Spanish South America. There and in his article-length works, he utilizes geographical information systems (GIS) to enhance other forms of historical analysis.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellowship (The John Carter Brown Library), 2016

Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in Humanities & Fine Arts (The Graduate School of UNC-Chapel Hill), 2016

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship (American Council of Learned Societies), 2014-2015

IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study (Rescued Fulbright-Hays), 2011-2012

Selected Publications

“Across Archival Limits: Imperial Records, Changing Ethnonyms, and Geographies of Knowledge,” with Sergio Latini, Ethnohistory (forthcoming, 2019)

“Property Mapping in Spanish America,” in The History of Cartography: Cartography in the Nineteenth Century, Roger Kain, ed., v. 5. Chicago, University of Chicago Press (forthcoming, 2022)

“Borderline Offerings: Tolderías and Mapmakers in the Eighteenth-Century Río de la Plata” Hispanic American Historical Review 96, no. 3 (2016): 445-480

“Entre plazas y tolderías: Mapas, nómades y territorialidad en el Río de la Plata, 1700-1805” Memoria, presente y porvenir en América Latina (forthcoming)


Works in Progress

Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America (book manuscript, under contract, University of North Carolina Press)

“Onde nômades e geógrafos se encontram: charruas, minuanes e a demarcação de limites no Rio da Prata” em roduzindo Fronteiras: entrecruzando escalas, povos e impérios na América portuguesa (XVII-XIX). Iris Kantor e Diogo Ramada Curto, eds. Belo Horizonte: Fino Traço; São Paulo: Humanitas (under review)

“When Ethnonyms Were Toponyms: Cartography and Native Pasts in the Banda Oriental” (working paper)

“Recent Turns in the History of Cartography in Latin America,” with Brian Bockelman, History Compass (working paper)

Teaching Interests

Dr. Erbig's teaching focuses geographically on the Southern Cone and Brazil, addressing such topics as colonialism, nationalism, spatial thought, and the historical agency of Indigenous Americans and African Americans. He also teaches a methods course on digital mapping in the social sciences and humanities.