Kressel, Daniel Gunnar

Field: Latin America; Advisor: Piccato; Year: 2012

Daniel is a doctoral candidate in modern Latin American and Iberian history, and is committed to Latin American and Spanish far-right intellectual history during the Cold War period. His dissertation examines the Spanish, Argentine, and Chilean transnational intellectual networks of the 1960s and 1970s, and is particularly interested in the emergence of technocratic-authoritarian ideological experiments comprising of neo-liberal openings and novel forms of Catholic spiritualism. Daniel holds an MA from Tel Aviv University, where he wrote a thesis on the Spanish transition to democracy and the narratives of the Spanish Right. He also holds an MA from the New School for Social Research, where he worked on concepts of self-victimization and retroactive justice in the 1970s Third Wave Democracies – topics he still researches.



Journal Articles

  • “The Third Spain”: On Collective Victimhood in the Narratives of Spain’s Transition to Democracy”, History & Memory (under review).
  • “Getting off the Tiger: The Spanish Transition to Democracy in Latin America’s Southern Cone”, Global Society, (forthcoming, July 2019).
  • “The ‘Hispanic Community of Nations’: The Spanish-Argentine fascist nexus and the Imagining of a Hispanic Cold War Block” Cahiers des Amériques Latines, no. 79, December 2015, 115-133.


Book Reviews

  • “By the Grace of God: Francoist Spain and the Sacred Roots of Political Imagination”, Politics, Religion & Ideology, 16:4, (2015) 455-457.  


Over the past decade, in Columbia University and in Tel Aviv University, Daniel has accumulated extensive teaching experience, ranging from designing his own seminar to leading discussion sections for a diverse student body. More specifically, he taught a variety of Latin American History courses, which included introductory lectures (Colonial and Modern Latin America), courses on Latin American history of gender, Latin American migration, and his course “Fascism and Post-fascism: The Latin American Right in the Cold War” (Spring 2017).