BiographyVera Blinn Reber is a historian of Latin America. From 1963 to 1965 she served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. There she learned Spanish and decided to specialize in Latin American History. After obtaining a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Comparative Tropical History and Latin America, she taught at Shippensburg University from 1970-2008. The sabbaticals and professional development grants received form Shippensburg University, the four National Endowments for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teaching, a Tinker Foundation grant, an award from the Joint Committee of Latin American Studies of the Social Science Research Council, and a Wood Institute Fellowship enabled Reber to do research first in Paraguayan economic history and then in Argentine and United States medical history. She received awards from the Middle Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies and the Conference of Latin America for articles on Buenos Aires and Tuberculosis and on Paraguayan demographic history. Reber has published the monograph, British Merchant Houses in Buenos Aires, 1810-1880, and articles on Tuberculosis in Buenos Aires and Philadelphia, on nineteenth century Paraguay economic history and Argentine business history. In addition to serving on committees for the Conference of Latin America and the National Endowment for the Humanities, she has chaired the Shippensburg University Tenure Committee, the Sabbatical Leave committee and served on the university curriculum and promotion committees. She also served as the SU Director of Honors and chaired the SU Fashion Archives Endowment Campaign.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
19th century Latin American history with a focus on the economy of Argentina and Paraguay
19th and 20the century medical history with a focus on tuberculosis
20th century Latin American art history with a focus on Central America
Feminist issues, contemporary art and twentieth century classical music, food, photography and travel