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Victoria Basualdo

I am a Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Research in Argentina (CONICET) and a Professor at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO Argentina). I hold a BA from the University of Buenos Aires, and an MA, MPhil and Ph.D. in History from Columbia University (New York). My research focuses on Argentine and Latin American labor and trade-union history, economic history and human rights from the Cold War up to date, and particularly on corporate accountability.

I have coordinated, authored and co-authored 8 books, as well as over 40 chapters and articles in academic journals. In 2021, Palgrave Macmillan published the book Big Business and Dictatorships in Latin America. A Transnational History of Profits and Repression, which I coordinated along with Hartmut Berghoff and Marcelo Bucheli. This book studies the relationship between big business and the Latin American authoritarian regimes during the Cold War, includes previously unavailable archival sources in different countries in Latin America, and shows different types of relationships between dictatorships and large corporations within the context of country-specific complexities and world-wide trends, based on contributions from the fields of economic history, business history, labor history and human rights studies. Within the CORPACCOUNT research project, I am analyzing the role of trade-union organizations and labor international institutions on global corporate accountability movements, as well as the trajectories of memory, truth and justice of South American countries, particularly Argentina, Brazil and Chile, concerning corporate responsibility in human rights violations.

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