Doug Yarrington

Associate Professor and Chair


  • Office Hours:

    Summer 2015 by appointment; Fall 2015, on leave
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor and Chair
  • Education:

    • PhD University of Texas-Austin 1992
  • Concentration:

    • Latin America
  • Department:

    • History


My research focuses on corruption, anti-corruption and state formation in Venezuela, 1908-1948. It begins with the story of how officials in the government of Juan Vicente Gomez (1908-1935) used public authority to pursue private profit by dealing in cattle, liquor and oil, and ends with an analysis of corruption trials in the mid-1940s. In broad terms, I'm interested in the changing relationship between the state and Venezuelan society during the 20th century.

Select Publications

Book:  A Coffee Frontier: Land, Society and Politics in Duaca Venezuela, 1830-1936 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997).

Refereed Articles: "Tax Farming, Liquor and the Quest for Fiscal Modernity in Venezuela, 1908-1935," Hispanic American Historical Review vol. 94 no. 2 (2014): 237-267.

"Political Transition in an Age of Extremes: Venezuela in the 1930s," in Paulo Drinot and Alan Knight eds., The Great Depression in Latin America (Durham: Duke University Press 2014) 160-187.

"Cattle, Corruption and State Formation in Venezuela during the Regime of Juan Vicente Gomez, 1908-1935,"  Latin American Research Review vol. 38 no. 2 (2003): 9-33.

"The Vestey Cattle Enterprise and the Regime of Juan Vicente Gomez, 1908-1935," Journal of Latin American Studies vol. 35 (2003): 89-115.


  • HIST 414 Revolutions in Latin America

  • HIST 492 Capstone