Regional Research Areas
Courses Taught Outside the Department
My research deals with the late-twentieth-century project of road colonization in the Peruvian Amazon. I look at the politics of meaning and the distinct legal, cultural and ecological methods by which space is marked and am especially interested in the overlapping modalities of land tenure that emerged since the 1970s.
- Latin American History
- Environmental History
- History of Development
- Global Political Ecology
- Postcolonial and Post-Structural Theory
- Visual Studies
G. Arbulu, Teresa, M., and Sharon, T., “Peru’s Amazonian Imaginary: Marginality, Territory and National Integration”, in Environment and Citizenship in Latin America: Nature, Subjects and Struggle, A. Latta and Wittman, H. 2012.
T. Sharon, “(De)Constructing Margins: Road Colonization and Peripheral Citizenship in the Peruvian Amazon”, in Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Congress, Toronto, Ont., 2010.
T. Sharon, “Geography Based Representation and a Lonely Traveler’s Narcissistic Musings: How Knowledge Becomes Power in the Chronicles of Manuel Iradier”, in Between Three Continents: Rethinking Equatorial Guinea on the 40th Anniversary of its Independence from Spain, International Conference, Hofstra University, New York, 2009.
T. Sharon, “In the Service of a Fool: Reinserting History’s Absurdity in Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel”, in The Palimpsest of Memory and the Recycling of Language Conference, UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, 2008.
T. Sharon, “La desaparición de una identidad indígena como base de la nación en la ‘flash fiction’ de Carlos Zavaleta; The Disappearance of Indigenous Identity as the Base of the Nation in the Flash Fiction of Carlos Zavaleta”, in Beyond Imagining Nation Conference, UBC, Vancouver, BC, 2007.
T. Sharon, “A Conversation on the Postcolonial Home: Divergent Constructions of ‘Home’ in the Work of Ahmadou Kourouma and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel”, in Envisioning Home Conference, City University of New York, New York, 2006.
T. Sharon, “Funeral Practices of the Nzema”, Osprey, no. Spring, 2003.
T. Sharon, “All that Lima Will Allow”, Osprey, no. Fall, pp. 16-17, 2002.
1) “That Appealing and Little Known Valley: Hemispheric Development and Environmental Change in Peru’s Huallaga Valley (1948-1985)” (in progress)
2) “The Imagined Life of Cocaine: Local Cultural Ecologies of a Global Drug” (in progress)