Christine Folch



Hydropolitics book cover

HYDROPOLITICS: The Itaipu Dam, Sovereignty, and the Engineering of Modern South America (2019, Princeton University Press)

Articles & Chapters (Selected):

The ITAIPU energy uproar continues on both sides of the Paraná. Global Americans. August 19. 2019
Behind Paraguay’s secret deal and the resulting political crisis over ITAIPU. Interview with Pedro Ferreira. Global Americans. August 19, 2019
Who Will Speak for Alabama’s Ghosts? Scalawag. May 24, 2016.
Why the West Loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Cultural Explanation. The Atlantic. June 13, 2013
A tale of two quintessential Argentine beverages: wine and yerba mate. Slate Magazine. September 10, 2012
Trouble on the Triple Frontier. Foreign Affairs. September 6, 2012

• Itaipú Binacional y la Hidropolítica en el Contexto Transfronterizo. In Além do limite: a Tríplice Fronteira nas relações internacionais (forthcoming, 2020)
• La hidropolítica en Itaipú, la potencialidad de desarrollo y crecimiento. In Itaipú, causa nacional. La riqueza energética perdida del Paraguay: de cara a la revisión del 2023 (2019)

Policy Briefs & Development Reports (Selected):
• Oportunidades de Negocios y Políticas Públicas: Las Baterías de Litio. United Nations Development Programme Report, Paraguay (forthcoming, 2020)
Itaipú Dam: Paraguay’s Growth Potential. White Paper (2018). Spanish language version: Itaipú Binacional: Paraguay Potencial. Informe de negocios (2019).
Itaipú Post-2023: Strategic Investment for Paraguay’s Sustainable Development. Policy Report (2017)

Media Appearances (Selected):
A Duke Anthropologist Takes on the Politics of the Itaipu Dam, on the Border of Brazil and Paraguay, Duke Global (September 24, 2019)
A dam mess: A secret hydropower deal with Brazil causes a political crisis in Paraguay, The Economist (August 18, 2019)
Paraguay siempre buscó la renta en Itaipú y debe buscar industrialización, Última Hora (Asunción, Paraguay, July 22, 2019)

• Ciudad del Este and the Common Market: A Tale of Two Economic Integrations. In Big Water: New Histories of the Triple Frontier, 1550-2000 (2018)
• The Nature of Sovereignty in the Anthropocene: Lessons of Struggle, Otherness, & Economics from Paraguay. Current Anthropology (2016)
• The Cause of All Paraguayans? Defining and Defending Hydroelectric Sovereignty. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology (2015)
• Surveillance and State Violence in Stroessner’s Paraguay: Itaipú Hydroelectric Dam, Archive of Terror. American Anthropologist (2013)
• Stimulating Consumption: Yerba Mate Myths, Markets, and Meanings from Conquest to Present. Comparative Studies in Society and History (2010)
• Fine Dining: Race in Pre-Revolution Cuban Cookbooks. Latin American Research Review (2008)

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