Benjamin Bryce is an assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of To Belong in Buenos Aires (2018) and its Spanish-language translation Ser de Buenos Aires (2019). He also co-edited Entangling Migration History (2015), Making Citizens in Argentina (2017) and Race and Transnationalism in the Americas (2021).
Bryce is the principal investigator on the project Healing the Nation, which examines the role of immigrant-run hospitals and mutual aid societies in providing healthcare in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is also the principal investigator of Grounds for Exclusion, which highlights the range of ways that bureaucrats, politicians, and nationalist agitators in Argentina developed both formal and informal methods to exclude immigrants in the first half of the 20th century. He is also working with colleagues on the SSHRC-funded project Settler Vines, a collaborative history of globalization through the lens of wine. He is a co-editor of the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.
Race and ethnicity
To Belong in Buenos Aires: Germans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018.
Ser de Buenos Aires: Alemanes, argentinos y el surgimiento de una sociedad plural, 1880-1930. Buenos Aires: Editorial Biblos, 2019 (Spanish translation).
Benjamin Bryce and David M.K. Sheinin, eds. Race and Transnationalism in the Americas. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021 (forthcoming).
Benjamin Bryce and David M.K. Sheinin, eds. Making Citizens in Argentina. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.
Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund, eds. Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.
Refereed Journal Articles
“Seeing Japan: A Canadian Missionary’s Photography and Transpacific Audiences, 1888-1925.” Pacific Historical Review (forthcoming Spring 2022).
“Undesirable Britons: South Asian Migration and the Making of a White Argentina.” Hispanic American Historical Review 99, no. 2 (2019): 247-273.
“Citizens of Empire: Education and Teacher Exchanges in Canada and the Commonwealth, 1910-1940.” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 45, no. 4 (2017): 607-629.
“Paternal Communities: Social Welfare and Immigration in Argentina, 1880-1930.” Journal of Social History 49, no. 1 (2015): 213-236.
“Linguistic Ideology and State Power: German and English Education in Ontario, 1880-1912.” Canadian Historical Review 94, no. 2 (2013): 207-233.
“Entangled Communities: Religion and Ethnicity in Ontario and North America, 1880-1930.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 23, no. 1 (2012): 189-226.
“Los caballeros de beneficencia y las damas organizadoras: El Hospital Alemán y la idea de comunidad en Buenos Aires, 1880-1930.” Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos 70 (2011): 79-107.
“Asian Migration, Racial Hierarchies, and Exclusion in Argentina, 1890-1920.” In Race and Transnationalism in the Americas, edited by Benjamin Bryce and David M.K. Sheinin, 20-36. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021.
“Transatlantic Religion: German Lutheran Missionaries in Canada and Argentina, 1880-1930.” In Atlantic Crossroads: Webs of Migration, Culture and Politics between Europe, Africa and the Americas, 1800–2020, edited by José C. Moya, 152-174. New York: Routledge, 2021.
Co-author. “Overcoming the National.” In Race and Transnationalism in the Americas, edited by Benjamin Bryce and David M.K. Sheinin, 330-336. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021 (forthcoming).
Co-author. “Introduction: Citizenship in Twentieth-Century Argentina.” In Making Citizens in Argentina, edited by Benjamin Bryce and David M.K. Sheinin, 1-17. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017.
Co-author. “Introduction.” In Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada, edited by Benjamin Bryce and Alexander Freund, 1-13. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.
“La etnicidad en el Argentinisches Tageblatt, 1905-1918: la discusión de una comunidad germánica y alemana.” In Anuario Argentino de Germanística IV, edited by Regula Rohland and Miguel Vedda, 125-143. Buenos Aires: Asociación Argentina de Germanistas, 2008.
2018, University Excellence in Research Award, University of Northern British Columbia
2014, German-Canadian Studies Doctoral Dissertation Prize
2017-23, Associate, L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian History, McMaster University
Major Research Grants
2021-26 Insight Grant (principal investigator), “Grounds for Exclusion: Immigration, Race, Health, and Gender in Argentina, 1876-1940,” $88,369, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2021-23 Insight Development Grant (principal investigator), “Settler Vines: Migrants, Science, and Environment in Canada and Argentina, 1890-1940,” $56,875, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2020-2022 Hampton New Faculty Grant, “Grounds for Exclusion: Immigration, Race, Health, and Gender in Argentina, 1876-1940,” $10,000, Hampton Fund, University British Columbia
2020-22, SSHRC Connection Grant (co-applicant), “Settler Vines: Making and Consuming Wine in a Globalizing World since 1850,” $17,777
2016-22, SSHRC Insight Grant (principal investigator), “Healing the Nation: Healthcare, Philanthropy, and Ethnicity in Argentina, 1880-1945,” $61,666
2013-2014, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, “Exchanging Empire: Canada, Britishness, and the Rise of the Commonwealth, 1919-1939,” $50,000
2012-2014, SSHRC Connection Grant (co-applicant), “Borderlands and Transnationalism: New Perspectives on Immigration to Canada and the United States,” $38,500
2011, DAAD Research Grant, “Making Ethnic Space: Education, Religion, and the German Language in Argentina and Canada, 1880-1930,” €4,000
2021, “Settler Vines: Migrants, Science, and Environment in the BC Wine Industry, 1900-1950,” $2,500, Arts Undergraduate Research Awards, University British Columbia
2020, “Community Engagement at the Roedde House Museum,” $2,500, Public History Initiative, Department of History, University British Columbia
2019, “Student Research and Community Engagement at the North Pacific Cannery,” Research Strategic Initiatives Grant, Office of Research, University of Northern British Columbia, $5,866
2017, University Experiential and Service Learning Award, Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, University of Northern British Columbia, $5,254
Public History and Community Engagement
Bryce has been involved in a public history project at the North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site in Prince Rupert, BC where he taught experiential learning courses in 2017 and 2019. Student researchers from the University of Northern British Columbia have shared their findings here. In September 2019 students from the course appeared on CBC radio and were featured in The Northern View. Bryce has published an essay about teaching experiential learning seminars here.
Here are some other online publications that stem from research and teaching.
“Subjectivity and Objectivity: Photography, Family, and the Historian,” ActiveHistory.ca, September 26, 2019.
“J. Cooper Robinson: A Canadian Missionary and Photographer in Japan, 1888-1925,” The Meiji at 150 Digital Teaching Resource, University of British Columbia, July 2018.
“Immigration, Communities, and Neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, 1880–1930,” Global Urban History, January 17, 2018.
Co-authored with Anna Casas Aguilar, “Religion and Auteurism in The Revenant,” ActiveHistory.ca, September 16, 2016.
Co-authored with Ryan McKenney, “Creating the Canadian Mosaic,” ActiveHistory.ca, May 16, 2016.