Department of History
Barbara Ganson
Ph.D., University of Texas
Associate Professor and Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Areas of Expertise
Latin American History
Aviation History
Rio de la Plata

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Barbara Ganson received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin in 1994.  Her first book, The Guarani Under Spanish Rule in the Rio de la Plata (Stanford University Press, 2003) won two book prizes:  a 2003 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title and the 2005 Murdo MacLeod Book Award from the Latin American and Caribbean Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best book in the field of Latin American and Caribbean History, Spanish borderlands, and the Atlantic world, published during the previous two years. She is an Area Editor for the journal, The Americas.  She has served as president of two historical organizations:  the Southwestern Historical Association and the Latin American and Caribbean History Section of the Southern Historical Association.  She was named Chair of the James Scobie Prize Committee for the Conference on Latin American History in 2013.  She is the Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at FAU.

Her manuscript, Texas Takes Wing:  A Century of Flight in the Lone Star State was published in January 2014 by the University of Texas Press.  "Because I Want To:  American Women Aviators at Home and Abroad, 1910-1940," is under review with Cambridge University Press for the Centennial of Flight series.  Her manuscript on Pioneer Women in the Aviation Industry (including manufacturing of aircraft) is under consideration with the University of Illinois Press.  Her latest book manuscript "Lady Daredevils: American Women and Early Flight" is under contract with University of Illinois Press..

Professor Ganson is Chair of the Gulf Stream Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Ft. Lauderdale, international women pilots' organization that is based in Fort Lauderdale.  She is President of the American International Women of Aviation Worldwide Week for March 2-8, 2015.  This international organization celebrates women of aviation of the past and present, as well as reaches out to introduce women and girls to the opportunities that aviation has to offer.  She is also a trustee at the International Women's Air and Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.


Undergraduate Courses
  • Latin American History
  • Aviation History
  • U.S. History
  • Ethnohistory
  • Transnational History
Graduate Courses
  • Explorations in Ethnohistory: The Indian in the Americas.
  • Comparative Frontiers and Spanish Borderlands



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