Department of History



Ronn Pineo

Professor of History
Chair of the Department of History
PhD University of California, Irvine, 1987

Office:   LA 4210 F
Phone:   410-704-2903
Fax:   410-704-5595
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Professor Ronn Pineo earned his PhD from the University of California, Irvine, in 1987. His first book, Social and Economic Reform in Ecuador: Life and Work in Guayaquil, was published by University Press of Florida in 1996. His most recent book, Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers, was published in 2007. His work focuses on Latin America from the late nineteenth century to the present, particularly the history of public health and health care, urban history, Andean History, and the history of United States-Latin American Relations. Dr. Pineo is currently researching the history of cigarette smoking in Latin America.

Selected Publications

  • “The Free Market Experiment in Latin America: Assessing Past Policies and the Search for a Pathway Forward,” three part series for the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, (2013).
  • “Bicentennial and Breaking Continuity: Ecuador, Latin America, and Obama.”, December 23, 2009.
  • Ecuador and the United States: Useful Strangers. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2007.

Recent Lectures and Presentations

  • “Death Benefits: The Demographic Implications of Cigarette Smoking in Latin America,” paper given at the ATWS Conference, Salvador, Brazil, November 2011.

Awards and Honors

  • 2001 University of Maryland board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching








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