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Aaron Bell

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer Department of History

Aaron is an adjunct professor in History and American Studies. His research interests include 20th century US History, US-Latin American relations, Latin American immigration, and transnational conservative politicking.


PhD, American University, 2016
MA, American University, 2009
BA, Syracuse University, 2004

Languages Spoken
Spanish (proficient)

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  • Summer 2018

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

"The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Elections." CLALS Working Paper Series, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University, Washington, DC, 2016.

"A Matter of Western Civilisation: Transnational Support for the Salvadoran Counterrevolution, 1979-82." Cold War History 15, no. 4 (2015): 511-531.

Media Appearances

"Federal Surveillance and Civil Rights." October 5, 2017. C-SPAN.

Professional Presentations

"Exploitation is Part of the Human Condition." Latin American Studies Association Annual Conference, New York City, NY, 2016.

“American Rightists in El Salvador’s Violent Democratic Transition.” Penser les droites en Amérique Latine au XXe siècle, Paris, France, 2014.

“Salvadoran Elites, Transnational Allies, and the Influence of Non-State Actors During the Salvadoran Civil War.” Reframing Diplomacy: New Diplomatic History in the Benelux and Beyond, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2013.

“Regressing to Normalcy in Central America: US-Salvadoran Relations in the Post-Cold War Era.” ISA Northeast Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2012.