Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney

About Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney

My work focuses on Latin American and Gender history, with an interest in the Cold War and the global sixties. My first book, The Politics of Motherhood: Maternity and Women’s Rights in Twentieth-Century Chile (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009) explores the politics of health and rights through the lens of gender.  I have also co-edited, with Fabio Lanza, Decentering Cold War History: Local and Global Change (London and New York: Routledge, 2013) and, with Tamara Chaplin, The Global Sixties: Convention, Contest and Counterculture (London and New York: Routledge, 2017).

Areas of Study

Latin American History, Gender and Women's History, History of Health and Medicine, Histories of Political Exile, Cold War, History and Biography


In my current research projects, I seek to explore people’s mobilization for rights (widely defined), their definition of rights, and the political strategies they use to obtain specific rights. I continue to work on transnational women's activism and the forging of global feminisms in the post WWII era. But I also research individual’s strategies to defend specific rights, such as the right to health and health care as well as reproductive rights.

I am in the process of completing the biography of the Chilean physician Benjamin Viel – and use his life as a way to discuss the complex relationships of power that contributed not only to the making of public health systems in Chile and the Americas, but also to the experiences of people - of citizens who may have access to health and health care, or who may not.

Next, I will return to my manuscript titled “Roads they Traveled: The Politics of Chilean Exile in Cold War Germany.” It represents a "street-level" history of the Cold War and starts with a detailed analysis of Chilean exile in East and West Berlin. I explore regulatory powers and technologies used by state and military actors in order to retain political control over “dissident subjects” or “subversive” citizens. Viewing the exiles’ political mobilization as a struggle over interpretive power and over (political-national) belonging, I argue that attention to their shifting positions of marginality helps to understand their influence on regulatory powers and technologies and on the military’s regiment of citizenship. We can link the exiles’ individual and collective experiences of exclusion- initiated with the military coup- to the making of new political subjectivities and new political possibilities.

Selected Publications

"Of “Zipper Rings” and “Tatum Ts”, Chile–USA: Intrauterine Devices, Men of Science, and Women in Need." Comparativ 29, no. 3 (2018): 14-32.

"The Long Road to Reproductive Rights in Chile," Nacla, 09/19/2017     https://nacla.org/news/2017/09/19/long-road-reproductive-rights-chile.

“Of the ‘F’ word as Insult and of Feminism as Political Practice: Women’s Mobilization for Rights in Chile,” in Barbara Molony and Jennifer Nelson, eds., Women's Activism and "Second Wave" Feminism: Transnational Histories (London and New York, NY: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017), 123-145.

“Entre Marx y Malthus: El camino rocoso desde el control de la población hacia los derechos reproductivos,” 19/2 Revista Chilena de Salud Pública (2015):140-153.

“‘Overpopulation’ and the Politics of Family Planning in Chile and Peru: Negotiating National Interests and Global Paradigms in a Cold War World,” in Corinna Unger and Heinrich Hartmann, eds., "A World of Populations: 20th Century Demographic Discourses and Practices in Global Perspective (New York: Berghahn Books, September 2014), 83-107.

"El antifascismo como fuerza movilizadora: Fanny Edelman y la Federación Democrática Internacional de Mujeres (FDIM),” Dossier: Antifascismo y género. Perspectivas biográficas y colectivas,  Anuario del Instituto de Estudios histórico sociales (IEHS), Buenos Aires, Argentina 28 (2013): 207-226.

Chilean Exile in the German Democratic Republic (GDR): The Politics of Solidarity in the Cold War,” in Kim Christiaens, Idesbald Goddeeris, and Magaly Rodriguez Garcia, eds., European Solidarity with Chile. 1970s-1980s (Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Warsaw, Wien: Peter Lang, 2013), 275-299.

Fighting Fascism and Forging New Political Activism: The Women’s International Democratic Federation (WIDF) in the Cold War,” in Pieper Mooney, Jadwiga and Fabio Lanza, eds., De-Centering Cold War History: Local and Global Change. (London: Routledge, 2012), 52-72.

Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Exile, International Feminist Encounters, and Women’s Empowerment under Military Rule in Chile, 1973-1990,” in Niels Bjerre-Poulsen et al., eds., Projections of Power in the Americas. (London: Routledge, 2012), 154-179.

Re-visiting Histories of Modernization, Progress, and (Unequal) Citizenship Rights: Coerced Sterilization in Peru and in the United States,” History Compass 8/9 (2010):1036-54.

Forging Feminisms under Dictatorship: Women’s International Ties and National Feminist Empowerment in Chile,” Women's History Review, Special Issue on International Feminisms, 19/4 (September 2010):613-30.

“Salvar vidas y gestar la modernidad: médicos, mujeres, y Programas de Planificación Familiar en Chile,” in María Soledad Zárate Campos (ed.), Por la salud del cuerpo. Historia y políticas sanitarias en Chile (Santiago, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, 2008):189-228.

Militant Motherhood Re-Visited: Women’s Participation and Political Power in Argentina and Chile,” History Compass 5/3 (2007): 975-994.


"Entrevista a la historiadora Dra. Jadwiga Pieper Mooney. Encuentros con biografía e historia: el Dr. Benjamín Viel y las políticas de la salud pública," F. Berlagoscky, Revista Chilena de Salud Pública [En línea], Volumen 17 Número 1 (4 abril 2013): 





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Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney
Associate Professor
Telephone: 444 0154
Office: Chavez Bldg. 403G
Office Hours: T 2:30 - 4:30 PM and by appointment

Courses Taught

Spring 2019

HIST 695B - Histories of Gender and Activism in the Americas

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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