Clayton Oppenhuizen

Year in Program: 2

Fields: Latin American and Caribbean History

Advisor: Dr. Edward Murphy

Committee: Dr. Glenn Chambers, Dr. Michael Stamm, Dr. Peter Beattie

Research Languages: Spanish

Educational Background:
B.A., Bowling Green State University, Sociology
B.A., Bowling Green State University, History
M.A., University of Chicago, Center for Latin American Studies


I am a second year Ph.D. student at the Department of History with a focus on Modern Latin American history. I hold two Bachelor’s degrees from Bowling State University in the fields of History and Sociology as well as a Masters of the Arts at the University of Chicago from the Center for Latin American Studies. My previous research focused on diplomatic discussions about the oil industry in Argentina and depictions of middle class in Argentina via the comic strip Mafalda.

My current research is focused on Modern Chilean history with a particular focus on urban, cultural, and social history. I am interested in the function of solidarity during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) within Chile and within a broad community of exiles. My project centers media and information campaigns that sought truth in a time of misinformation and obfuscation. In analyzing such truth campaigns my research follows the tensions of media within the dictatorship looking at the establishment of local and international bulletins, oppositional press, and the communities most effected by State censorship and misinformation.

In the summer of 2018 I received a Tinker scholarship from the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at MSU. With these funds I have conducted preliminary dissertation research in Santiago, Chile. I have had the honor of meeting with scholars on social and cultural history of Chile’s poblaciones (low income, often auto-constructed neighborhoods around the capital city) and aquatinted myself with archival collections at various foundations, organizations, and national research centers in Santiago.

Teaching Appointments:

IAH 206: Biotechnology & The Human Condition – Fall 2017

IAH 203: Latin America & The World – Spring 2018

Research Appointments:

Research Assistant for Dr. Walter Hawthorne for the Enslave project – Summer 2018