Molly Todd

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy

Ph.D. Latin American History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

M.A. University of Texas-Austin, 1998

B.A. Reed College, Portland, Oregon, 1996

Contact information

Molly Todd (
Department of History and Philosophy
2-159 Wilson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3440
(406) 994-5200

Courses taught at MSU

Power and Privilege in Latin America (Latin American History, HSTR 130D)
Latin American Social Movements (Latin American Social History, HSTR 430)
Power Relations in Colonial Latin America (Colonial Latin American History, HSTR 432)
Violence & Resistance in Cold War Latin America (Latin America: Human Rights, HSTR 435) ** New course this year!
Violence and Terror in Cold War Latin America (Special Topics in Latin American History, HSTR 491)
A Transnational History: The UNHCR in Cold War Central America (Senior Capstone in History, HSTR 499)

Research interests

Modern Latin America (especially Central America), Displacement and Migration, Human Rights, Transnational Solidarity and Social Movements, US-Latin American relations

Recent publications/talks

Beyond Displacement: Campesinos, Refugees and Collective Action in the Salvadoran Civil War. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2010.

Reviewed in: American Historical Review, Journal of Historical Geography, Journal of Latin American Studies, The Americas, Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Peer-reviewed Articles and Book chapters
"The Paradox of Transamerican Solidarity: Gender, Race, and Representation in the Guatemalan Refugee Camps of Mexico, 1980-1990." Journal of Cold War Studies. Currently under review.

"Sisters Against Empire: Wisconsin Peace Progressives and Solidarity with El Salvador in the Reagan Era." Journal of Civil and Human Rights 2:2. Revising for publication.

"The Politics of Refuge: Salvadoran Refugees and International Aid in Honduras." In Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America, edited by Jessica Stites Mor, 209-38. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 2013.
Reviewed in: Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of American Studies, Journal of Latin American Studies, Harvard Human Rights Journal, H-Diplo (Roundtable Review), Human Rights Quarterly

Articles - Other
"'Nuestra causa es justa': El discurso de guerra de Sánchez Hernández," El Faro (El Salvador), 20 July, 2015.

Bruey, Alison, Margaret Power, Jessica Stites Mor, and Molly Todd. Authors’ Response to Roundtable Review on Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America. H-Diplo Roundtable Review. 2014.

"1987: El retorno a la Patria salvadoreña y los hermanos solidarios," El Faro (El Salvador), 16 Dec., 2013.

Commissioned Book Reviews
Review of Erik Ching, Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Origins of the Military Regimes, 1880-1940 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2014). American Historical Review Vol. 120, No. 1, 301-2 (2014).

2012 Review of Glenn A. Chambers, Race, Nation, and West Indian Immigration to Honduras, 1890-1940 (Louisiana State University Press, 2010). Journal of World History Vol. 23, No. 2, 451-4 (2012).

Invited Lectures & Presentations
2015:  "Transamerican Solidarity with Guatemalan Refugees," University of Wisconsin, Madison
"The Many Meanings of Solidarity," Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin

2014:  "'Her Mere Presence Was Testimony Enough': Transamerican Solidarity in the Guatemalan Refugee Camps of Mexico," Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium, Montana State University

2013:  "Refugee Retorno, Transnational Solidarity, and the Transition to Peace in Central America," University of British Colombia, Kelowna

2012:  "Refugees & Collective Action in Cold War Central America," Research Circle on B/Ordering Violence: Boundaries, Gender, Indigeneity in the Americas, University of Washington

2011:  "The Rise and Fall of Brazil’s Military Dictatorship," World Community Institute and World Affairs Council, Bettendorf, Iowa

Academic conference presentations
2016:  "One Part of a Larger Struggle: Exiles, Refugees, and the U.S.-El Salvador Sister Cities Network," paper at the Latin American Studies Association meeting, New York, NY (submitted, scheduled for May)

2014:  "Rewriting History: Exiles, Ex-Refugiados, and Memories of War," paper at the Latin American Stud-ies Association meeting, Chicago, IL

2013:  "The Most Tragic Results: Gender, Race, and Transnational Solidarity in the Guatemalan Refugee Camps of Mexico, 1980-1990," paper at the Latin American Studies Association meeting, Washing-ton, D.C.

2013:  "Más allá del desplazamiento," paper at the V Encuentro Latinoamericano de Historia Oral (5th Latin American Oral History Meeting), University of El Salvador, San Salvador

2011:  "Staging for Success: Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Transnational Solidarity Networks in Cold War Central America," paper at the Empire and Solidarity Conference, New Orleans

Genesis of my interest in Latin America

Sixth grade Spanish class with "Señora Melanie." Especially memorable was the rainbow-colored duck piñata I made.

A few "must reads"

Anything and everything by Eduardo Galeano. Empire's Workshop by Greg Grandin, Isabel Allende's early work, and the poetry of Marjorie Agosin. For more exciting history tomes, get in touch!