Paula Alonso is a historian of Latin America who specializes in Argentina. Her work focusses on institutions, political practices, the press, and cultural history. Her first book, Between Revolution and the Ballot Box (Cambridge University Press, 2000), examines the formation of the Argentine Radical Party within the context of the modernization of political practices in the 1890s. Her second book, Jardines secretos, legitimaciones públicas (Edhasa, 2010), analyzes Argentina’s national political dynamics under one-party rule as well as the ideological debates between government and opposition in the late nineteenth century.
She has also written extensively on the history of the press, the federal system, and the history of ideas in the nineteenth century. She is the editor of Construcciones Impresas: Panfletos, diarios y revistas en la formación de los estados nacionales en América Latina, 1820-1920 (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2004); and co-editor of El sistema federal argentino. Debates y coyunturas (1860-1910) (Edhasa, 2015).