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Quinn P. Dauer Ph.D.

Crestview Hall 021
Phone: (812) 941-2891


Quinn P. Dauer earned his B.A. in History and Spanish at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005 and Ph.D. in Atlantic and Latin American History at Florida International University (Miami, FL) in 2012. His research broadly examines how states and societies have responded to natural and technological disasters. Dauer is currently working on two monographs, a comparative analysis of how natural disasters shaped state formation and nation building in Argentina and Chile during the long nineteenth century and a study of the 1939 Chillán earthquake in Chile. His work has been generously funded through the Tinker Foundation, a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship, research and writing fellowships from the FIU Graduate School, and a research grant and summer faculty fellowships from Indiana University Southeast. He was interviewed as part of a series on state responses to natural disasters in The Washington Post during the summer of 2017. In addition to teaching courses on World and Latin American history, Dauer offers courses on the history of natural and technological disasters and environmental history. Dr. Dauer arrived at IU Southeast in 2012 and currently serves the School of Social Science as Associate Professor of History and International Studies.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • Florida International University, Miami, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in History
  • Bachelors

    • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, United States
    • Bachelor of Arts, Major in History and Spanish

Professional Interests


  • Colonial and Modern Latin America
  • Atlantic History
  • Spanish and Portuguese History
  • World and Global History
  • Slavery in the Americas
  • Environmental History
  • Natural and Technological Disasters
  • Science and Technology


  • Argentina 
  • Chile
  • Natural and Technological Disasters
  • Disease
  • Environmental History
  • State Formation
  • Nation Building
  • Science and Technology
  • Public Health
  • Medicine 
  • Comparative and Transnational History


Journal Articles

  • Dauer, Quinn P. (2020). "Destroying 'This Happy Copy of Eden': Chilean Alfred Helsby's Anti-Vaccination Writings, Smallpox, and Atlantic Networks". The Latin Americanist, 64 (4), 523-546.
  • Dauer, Quinn P. (2020). "State and Societal Responses to Natural Disasters in Latin American and Caribbean History". History Compass, 18 (2), 18:e12605.
  • Dauer, Quinn P. (2019). "Colonial Fault Lines and the Ruptures of Chilean Independence: Earthquakes, Reason, and Religion in the Polemic between Camilo Henríquez and Tadeo Silva". The Latin Americanist, 63 (4), 425-452.
  • Dauer, Quinn P. (2019). "Natural Disaster, Crime, and Narratives of Disorder: The 1861 Mendoza Earthquake and Argentina’s Ruptured Social and Political Faults". Midwest Social Sciences Journal, 22 (1), 1-19.

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