Sophie Esch


Sophie Esch ( is Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture. Her research focuses on revolutions and armed conflict in the Global South with a particular focus on war technology and the environment. Her first book, Modernity at Gunpoint. Firearms, Politics, and Culture in Mexico and Central America (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), provides a critical exploration of the political and cultural significance of firearms in the Mexican and Nicaraguan revolutions and the “war on drugs.” She is currently working on two projects; one analyzes questions of trauma and agency in relation to the presence of animals in war and postwar narratives from Latin America and Lusophone Africa; the other one explores questions of intimacy and ideology in representations of South-South and North-South solidarity in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Angola.