Pilar M. Herr, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History and the coordinator for the Vira I. Heinz Program in Women in Global Leadership. She teaches Latin American History courses as well as The History and Culture of Spain. As Vira I. Heinz coordinator, she oversees Vira I. Heinz recipients (up to 3 yearly) in their one-year program. Her research interests are in nineteenth-century state formation and ethnohistory in the Southern Cone and her book will be published on December 1st. She loves to travel and in her spare time she loves to read and spend as much time as possible with her husband and two children.