Paula O’Donnell is a PhD Candidate in the department of History. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, O’Donnell investigates Latin American authoritarian regimes during the Cold War. Her dissertation, “Defending La Argentina: Sovereignty and Honorable Citizenship in the Malvinas/Falklands War,” examines the Argentine military junta’s justifications for the 1982 military conflict with Great Britain over the South Atlantic archipelago. The project, informed by social science, feminist, and postcolonial theory, offers new insights into right-wing authoritarian nation-building in Cold War Latin America.
O’Donnell has been a Graduate Fellow at the Clements Center since 2019. She holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New York University. O’Donnell’s Master’s thesis, awarded a Hirschhorn prize in 2017, investigated U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles’s intellectual and ideological influences.