Griselda Jarquin Wille (PhD, University of California, Davis, 2019) is a Frederick Douglass Scholar who specializes in the intersection of the Cold War, US-Latin American relations, and revolution and counterrevolution. She teaches courses on recent Latin
American history, such as Women and Gender in Latin America (fall 2018 and spring 2019) and Inter-American Relations (spring 2019).
Her dissertation, “Fighting
the War Abroad: The Sandinista Revolution and Transnational Activism in
Nicaragua and the U.S., 1973–1990,” examines left and right-wing transnational activist networks in both Nicaragua and the United States. She contends that people-to-people exchanges, or what she calls “grassroots diplomacy,” successfully affected
US national policy toward Nicaragua and ultimately shaped the outcome of the Sandinista revolution.
She has received recognition for her scholarship and teaching. In 2018, she was presented with the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award from UC Davis’ Office of Graduate Studies. Her research has received support from Stanford’s Hoover Institute,
where she was selected to be a Silas Palmer Research Fellow, as well as from UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library.