Department of History

Neici Zeller

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Office:   Atrium 209
Phone:   (973) 720-2324
Office Hours:   W 2-4; By Appointment

Department: History
Position: Assistant Professor
Area Specialization: Latin American and Carribbean History

Dr. Zeller teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Latin America and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on imperialism and revolutions in the modern period. She received her training at Yale University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her current research focuses on issues of class and gender in dictatorial regimes, particularly in the context of modernization projects for health and sanitation. Dr. Zeller also conducts research on the formation of a civil society in present-day Cuba.


PhD, Latin American History/Gender & Women's Studies--University of Illinois, 2010

MA, Latin American History--University of Illinois, 1992

BA, Latin American Studies--Yale University, 1980

Selected Publications

Discursos y espacios femeninos en República Dominicana, 1880-1961. Santo Domingo: Editorial Letra Gráfica (2012)

“’In the Times of Shots and Shells’: Early Contacts between the Rockefeller Foundation and the Dominican Republic, 1911-1946,” in Rockefeller Archive Center Research Reports, February 2010 (online)

Review of Ana Aparicio, Dominican-Americans and the Politics of Empowerment (University Press of Florida, 2006) for the Journal of Latino Studies (2010)

“El desfile trujillista: Despotismo y complicidad,” in collaboration with Walter Cordero, in Homenaje a Emilio Cordero Michel, Academia Dominicana de la Histora, Colección Estudios 1, Santo Domingo: Centro Editorial, 2004, pp. 113-174.

“El régimen de Trujillo y la fuerza laboral femenina en la República Dominicana, 1945-1951,” in La República Dominicana en el umbral del siglo XXI: Cultura, política y cambio social, Ramonina Brea, Rosario Espinal and Fernando Valerio-Holguín, eds. Santo Domingo: Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, 1999, pp. 429-444.

Review of State and Society in the Dominican Republic by Emelio Betances and Peasants and Tobacco in the Dominican Republic, 1870-1930 by Michiel Baud, in The Hispanic American Historical Review (Vol. 77, No. 1, February 1997), pp. 143-145.

Honors, Awards, & Recognitions

William Paterson University Assigned Release for Research, 2010-2012

William Paterson University Summer Research Stipend, 2009

Grant-in-aid, Rockefeller Archive Center, 2008

Dissertation Grant, Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2007

Visiting Fellowship, Center for Latino Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, 1996

UIC Dean’s Graduate School Fellowship, 1995 and 1996

Deena Allen Memorial Scholarship, UIC History Department, 1995

Woodrow Wilson Scholarship for Dissertation in Women’s Studies,1995

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, Research Internship in the Program for Peace and International Cooperation, 1991-1992