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Rachel Nolan

Assistant Professor of International Relations, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2018–2019)

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Rachel Nolan is a historian of modern Latin America and an Assistant Professor at Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. Her research focuses on political violence, Central American civil wars, childhood and the family, historical memory, and U.S.-Latin American relations. Her book, Until I Find You: Disappeared Children and Coercive Adoptions in Guatemala (Harvard University Press, 2024) tells the poignant saga of Guatemala’s adoption industry: an international marketplace for children, built on a foundation of inequality, war, and Indigenous dispossession. Her research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the ACLS/Mellon Foundation. Dr. Nolan holds a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University and a doctorate in Latin American and Caribbean History from New York University in 2018. Her dissertation won a Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award and NYU’s Outstanding Dissertation Award for the Humanities. She received a Russell Sage Foundation research grant for her second book about the history of deportations to Latin America and has recently published articles in The New York Review of Books and The London Review of Books.