Sujay Rao


Associate Professor in History, Associate Professor in LALACS, and Advisor in Pre-Law

Sujay's research focuses on conflicts over democracy and political participation in Argentina's provinces after independence in 1810. He is particularly interested in Argentina's littoral region, which lies along the rivers north of Buenos Aires. In addition to frequent research trips, Sujay lived in Argentina during 1997-8. His work on Argentine history has been supported by fellowships and grants from several programs including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright program, and the US Department of Education's Foreign Language Area Studies program.  He is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively entitled A Republic of Equals, for the Dialogos series, published by University of New Mexico Press.

At Gustavus, Sujay enjoys teaching courses on Latin American history. He focuses particularly on Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, US-Latin American relations, Mexican-American history, and the Spanish conquest of the Americas.  From the fall of 2007 to the summer of 2012, Sujay also served as director of the college's First Term Seminars (FTS) Program.

Sujay enjoys spending time with his two young daughters, cooking, and watching movies.  He is also a huge fan of the novelists John Le Carre and Patrick O'Brian.


B.A. Cornell University; M.A. and Ph.D. Harvard University

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
HIS-160Introduction to Latin America192013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
FTS-100First Term Seminar62012/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2005/FA
HIS-362The Age of Conquest52013/SP, 2011/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, and 2005/SP
HIS-396Honors Tutorial I42013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, and 2005/FA
HIS-262Argentina42013/FA, 2010/FA, 2008/FA, and 2006/FA
HIS-261Colonial Latin America42012/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/SP, and 2006/SP
HIS-263Cuba42011/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, and 2005/SP
HIS-265Mexican American History32012/SP, 2009/SP, and 2006/FA
HIS-361Latin America and the United States32011/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/SP
HIS-264Mexican Revolution32008/SP, 2005/FA, and 2003/FA
HIS-268Career Exploration32008/JN and 2006/JN
HIS-244Special Topic: Argentina32004/FA and 2004/SP
HIS-344ST:Public History22013/FA and 2004/SP
HIS-397Honors Tutorial II22013/SP and 2012/SP
HIS-200History Seminar12013/SP
HIS-269Making Local History12006/JN