Erick D. Langer

Erick D. Langer
520 E ICC


Erick D. Langer is Professor of Latin American History and an expert on the Andean region, on peasants, economic development since independence, and indigenous movements.  Dr. Langer has also worked on the development of the computer industry in Brazil.  He received his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1984. Presently, Dr. Langer is working on a book examining the role of indigenous peoples in the economic development of the Andes in the nineteenth century.

Areas of Expertise: Peasants, indigenous movements, history of technology, economic development, nineteenth century, World History, Latin America, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile.

  • Ph.D. (1984) Stanford University, History
  • M.A. (1979) Stanford University, History
  • B.A. (1977) University of Washington, History



Erick D. Langer. Expecting Pears from an Elm Tree: Franciscan Missions on the Chiriguano Frontier in the Heart of South America . Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.
Erick Langer, with Elena Munoz. Contemporary Indigenous Movements in Latin America. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2003.
Erick Langer, Paul Adams, Peter Stearns, Merry Wiesner-Hanks, Lily Hwa. Experiencing World History. New York: New York University Press, 2000.


Erick D. Langer. “The Franciscan Missionary Enterprise in Nineteenth-Century Latin America .” The Americas 68.2 (2011): 167-178.
Erick D. Langer. “Bringing the Economic Back In: Indigenous Economic Activity and the Construction of the Nation-State in the Nineteenth-Century Andes.” Journal of Latin American Studies 41.3 (2009): 527-551.
Erick D. Langer. “A violência no cotidiano da fronteira: conflitos interétnicos no Chaco boliviano.” Estudos de História 13.2 (2006): 207-230.
Erick D. Langer. “Indian Trade and Ethnic Economies in the Andes, 1780-1880.” Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe15.1 (2004): 9-33.
Erick Langer. “Bajo la sombra del Cerro Rico: Redes comerciales y el fracaso del nacionalismo económico en el Potosí del siglo XIX .” Revista Andina 37.2 (2003): 77-94.


Erick D. Langer. “Las misiones chiriguanas durante la Guerra del Chaco.” Mala guerra: Los indígenas en la guerra del Chaco (1932-35). Ed. Nicholas Richard. Paris/Asuncion: Servilibro/Museo del Barro/CoLibris, 2008: 235-249


Gale World Scholar: Latin America and the Caribbean