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University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Jane M. Rausch

Professor Emerita

Telephone: (413)253-7218


Research Interests and Professional Activities

All Latin Americanists are generalists to some degree for we study the history of twenty-one different countries from pre-Columbian times to the present. Between 1969 and 2010 I taught undergraduate and graduate survey courses on Latin America and the Caribbean during the colonial and national eras.  Since my retirement in 2010 I have focused my energies upon my ongoing research specializations: the history of Colombia and comparative Latin American frontiers.  In 2014 I published a book dealing with Colombia’s role as a neutral country in World War I.  My current project is an examination of the impact on Colombia of the influenza pandemic of 1918.

Professor Jane Rausch holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

Research Areas:


Latin American frontiers


Colombia and World War I: The Experience of a Neutral Latin American Nation during the Great War and Its Aftermath, 1914-1921 (Lexington Books, 2014)

Territorial Rule in Columbia and the Transformation of the Llanos Orientales (University of Florida Press, 2013)

From Frontier Town to Metropolis: A History of Villavicencio, Colombia, since 1842 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007)

Colombia: Territorial Rule and the Llanos Frontier (University Press of Florida, 1999)

The Llanos Frontier in Colombian History, 1830-1930 (University of New Mexico Press,


Co-Editor, People and Issues in Latin American History (Markus Wiener Publishers, 1990)

A Tropical Plains Frontier: The Llanos of Colombia 1531-1831(University of New Mexico

Press, 1984)

Co-Editor, Where Cultures Meet: Frontiers in Latin American History (Scholarly Resources, 1994)

Awards and Accolades:

On August 15, 2014 Fulbright Colombia organized a special ceremony to mark my 50 years of dedication to the history of Colombia and the occasion of my first visit to Colombia in 1964.