Erica Toffoli

PhD Program


Fields of Study

Major and Minor Fields


  • USA, 1877-Present

Minor 1

20th-Century U.S. Foreign Policy

Minor 2

Latin America, 1810-Present

Working Dissertation


Russell Kazal
Kevin Coleman


My project, "Electric Eyes: Photography, Migration, and the Transformation of Vision in the United States, 1950s-1990s," explores the intertwined histories of photography, vision, and Latin American migration.

At the University of Toronto, I have served as an instructor for the following courses: HIS 494 H5: Advanced Topics in the History of the Americas: Visual Culture in 20th-Century Latin America, HIS 390 H5: Revolutions and Nations in Latin America, and HIS B30 H3: The History of the United States to the Civil War.


  • “Capturing Capitalism’s Work: Competing Photo-Narratives of the Bracero Program.” Radical History Review, Issue No. 132: Photography and Work. (October 2018): 126-143
  • Introduction to "Revolution and Revolutionary Movements in Latin America: A Special Research and Teaching Collection of 'The Americas.' " Edited by Erica Toffoli. The Americas: A Quarterly Review of Latin American History. 74.S1 (February 2017)


M.A., University of Toronto (2012)
B.A. (Honours), University of Toronto (2011)