Historian. Educator. Author.


Steven Hyland Jr. is an award winning scholar and educator in the Department of History and Political Science at Wingate University. He teaches courses on Latin American history and world history, specializing in modern Argentina, international migration, and transnational social and political movements.

His first book More Argentine Than You: Arabic-Speaking Immigrants in Argentina examines the adaptation and integration of the diverse Syrian and Lebanese communities in northwestern Argentina during the first half of the twentieth century. More Argentine Than You won the 2018 Alfred B. Thomas Book Award.

Hyland’s recent article “Arabic-speaking Immigrants Before the Courts in Tucumán, Argentina, 1910-1940,” published in the Journal of Women’s History, won the 2017 Sturgis Leavitt Prize for Best Article from the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies.

His new book project explores itinerant anti-imperial and nationalist radical political activists residing in and passing through Buenos Aires, Argentina between 1916 and 1966. This study follows a motley crew of hell raisers, spies, ne’er-do-wells, and people committed to radical change in order to create a better world however defined. The research focuses on Syrian and Lebanese anti-colonialists, Algerian and Catalan nationalists, Guatemalan and Cuban exiles and Croatian fascists, Galician anarchists and Irish republicans, and Argentine agitators, activists, and communists to more fully understand the importance of Buenos Aires in this period and the consequences on sociopolitical life in this Atlantic port city.

Hyland recently was a Fulbright Scholar in Argentina during the spring 2018 semester, researching and teaching a course in the Centro de Investigaciones Sociohistóricas (CISH) at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

He believes teaching history is a public service and advocates proudly for undocumented students.

Hyland is also one of the co-hosts for the podcast Historias - the SECOLAS podcast, which features scholars and intellectuals discussing cutting edge research and offering perceptive observations on current events associated with Latin American and Caribbean societies.

He earned a B.A. and M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. He resides in Charlotte, NC and anxiously awaits the return to greatness of his beloved Texas Longhorns.



More Argentine Than You: Arabic-Speaking Immigrants in Argentina (University of New Mexico Press, 2017)

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"The Syrian Ottoman Home Front in Buenos Aires and Rosario during the First World War," Journal of Migration History 4, no. 1 (2018): 211-235.

"'Solemn Expression of Faith': Muslims and Belonging in Peronist Argentina, 1946-1955," The Latin Americanist, 61, no. 2 (2017): 115-144.

“Arabic-speaking Immigrants Before the Courts in Tucumán, Argentina, 1910-1940,” Journal of Women’s History 28, no. 4 (2016): 41-64.

"‘Arisen from Deep Slumber’: Transnational Politics and Competing Nationalisms among Syrian Immigrants in Argentina, 1900-1922,” Journal of Latin American Studies 43, no. 1 (2011): 547-74.

Current Projects:

Itinerant Radicals: Nationalists and Anti-Imperialist Activists in Argentina and the Atlantic World, 1916-1966

Book Chapters:

“‘The Summit of Civilization’: Nationalisms among Arabic-speakers in the Americas, 1900-1950,” in Nicola Foote and Michael Goebel, editors, Immigration and National Identities in Latin America, 1850-1950 (Gainesville, FL:University Press of Florida, 2014), 256-280.

Book Reviews:

Review of Sandra McGee Deutsch, Crossing Borders, Claiming a Nation: A History of Argentine Jewish Women, 1880-1955 (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010), E.I.A.L.: Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, 24, no. 1(2013): 177-180.

Review of Raanan Rein, Argentine Jews or Jewish Argentines? Essays on Ethnicity, Identity, and Diaspora (Leiden: Brill, 2010), Journal of Latin American Studies 44, no. 1 (2012): 199-201.

Public Engagement

General Audience Writings:

"Conscience should shape U.S. immigration policy," The News and Observer, February 22, 2017

  • "Hacer América and the American Dream: Global Migration and the Americas," Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective 8, no. 8 (2015)

  • "Plight of unaccompanied minors in NC offers a chance to act," The News and Observer, February 17, 2015

    "Change Is Coming to Cuba," Huffington Post, January 18, 2015

    “The Shifting Terrain of Latin American Drug Trafficking,” Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective 4, no. 12 (2011).

    Radio and Podcasts:

    "Road to Europe: The 2015 Migration Crisis," History Talk, October 2015

    "Muslim Immigration to Argentina," Understanding Latin American Politics: The Podcast By Greg Weeks, August 2017


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    Wingate University, Wingate, NC 28174