Professor and Head
301 Ramer History House


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan

Special interests: Social and Cultural History; Latin America and the Caribbean; Argentina; Uruguay; Paraguay; Rio de la Plata; southern South America; women and gender; food and drink; domestic labor; visual culture; oral history.

Selected publications:

Sharing Yerba Mate: How South America’s Most Popular Drink Defined a Region (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2023).

“The Rural Woman Enters the Frame: A Visual History of Gender, Nation and the Goodbye Mate in the Post-Colonial Rio de la Plata,” Journal of Social History 54, no. 4 (Summer 2021): 1120-1159.

Rebekah E. Pite and Ana Ramirez Luhrs, “Digital Resources: Latin American Food and Food History,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History (June 2020): DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.893.

La mesa está servida. Doña Petrona C. de Gandulfo y la domesticidad de la Argentina del siglo XX (Buenos Aires: Edhasa, 2016).

Inés Dunstan and Rebekah E. Pite, “Mistress vs. Maid: Race, Class, Nation, and Boundaries Between Women in Argentine Fiction Since the Mid-Nineteenth Century,” Gender & History 30, no. 2 (2018): 401-422.

“La Cocina Criolla: A History of Food and Race in Twentieth-Century Argentina,” in Rethinking Race in Modern Argentina, ed. Paulina Alberto and Eduardo Elena (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016), 99-125.

“Engendering Argentine History: A Historiographical Review of Recent Gender-Based Histories of Women during the National Period,” Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe 25, no. 2 (2014): 41-62.

Creating a Common Table  in Twentieth-Century Argentina: Doña Petrona, Women & Food (Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2013).

“Entertaining inequalities: Doña Petrona, Juanita Bordoy, and Domestic Work in mid-20th century Argentina,” Hispanic American Historical Review 91, no. 1 (Feb 2011): 97-128.


Marquis Distinguished Teaching Award, 2017; U.S. Fulbright Scholar Grant, 2016; Southern Cone Studies Section Social Sciences Book Award Prize, 2014; Thomas Roy and Lura Forrest Jones Lecture Award, Lafayette College, 2014; Gourmand Prize for the Best Latin American Cuisine Book published in the United States, 2013; R.K. Mellon Summer Research Fellowships, Lafayette College, Summers 2011, 2014, 2021; Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Argentina, U.S. Department of Education, 2003-2004.