Juan Pablo Ardila

Ph.D. Candidate

M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania (2018)
M.A., History, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) (2015)
B.A., History, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) (2010)
B.A., Economics, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) (2010)

Email: juanard@sas.upenn.edu


My dissertation explores the different notions of citizenship that emerged in the former territories of the Viceroyalty of New Granada (roughly present-day Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, and Venezuela) between 1808 and 1830. I study the circulation of texts discussing citizenship and constitutional rights – such as constitutions, newspapers and treatises – as well as symbols representing them – such as performances, flags, and images – among artisans, poor merchants, Indians, slaves and other middle and lower social groups. 

As an undergraduate and MA student, I developed an interest for US-Latin American relations. I was particularly interested in examining the ways in which these relations shaped Colombia’s economic and social policy in the first half of the twentieth century. In my first years at Penn, I have gone back in time and ended up focusing on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. During my first year as a PhD student, I wrote a research paper studying the implementation of vagrancy laws in New Granada during the Bourbon Reforms. I was particularly interested in examining the problems New Granada’s viceregal and local authorities faced when trying to apply these laws. During my second year, I wrote another paper examining the life of a Carlos María Canales, a somewhat idiosyncratic man who was captured in Bilbao under charges of vagrancy and sentenced to military service. His life illustrates the tensions between conflicting notions of honor, nobility, work, and vagrancy in Bourbon Spain. In my second year, I also wrote another research paper examining the role of orality and written culture in the diffusion of information in the 1781 Comunero Revolt in New Granada. The paper focuses on a a series of pasquines (lampoons) and bandos (posters) that were posted in city walls in 1781. 


Committee Members: 

 Ann Farnsworth-Alvear (Advisor), Roger Chartier, Antonio Feros.

Research Interests: 

Latin American History, Iberian Atlantic History, Cultural History, History of Material Texts.

Selected Publications: 

Ardila Falla, Juan Pablo, “Reflexiones sobre el imperialismo norteamericano: la política agraria colombiana en la década de 1930 y la influencia estadounidense" at Historia Crítica, Uniandes, Bogotá, v. 51, 2013, p. 171- 195. (http://revistas.uniandes.edu.co/doi/pdf/10.7440/histcrit51.2013.08)

Courses Taught: 

Teaching Assistant: American Capitalism (HIST161), Modern Latin America (HIST071), Colonial Latin America (HIST070), The Rise and Fall of the Spanish Empire (HIST179).