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Heather Chiero

Associate Professor of History, Anthropology and Philosophy

Augusta, GA, United-States

Dr. Heather Chiero is a leading scholar in Latin American history and underrepresented populations in Central America.







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Chiero is a native of New England, graduated with honors with a B.A. in Linguistics/History & M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane, and Ph.D. in History from TCU after a Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Award from the U.S. Dept. of Education. She taught previously as a tenure-track assistant professor while ABD at Blackburn College before joining Augusta University in 2007.

Areas of Expertise

Latin AmericaCentral AmericaUnderrepresented PopulationsSocial HistoryReligious History


  • Americas Council of the University System of Georgia
  • Georgia Consortium for International Studies

Media Appearances

Examining the historical context of Mexico 1968/Brazil 2016



Dr. Heather Chiero (previously Abdelnur), associate professor of history, analyzes the historical context of Mexico hosting the Summer Olympics in 1968 and Brazil hosting it in 2016. Abdelnur has an interdisciplinary background in anthropology and Latin American studies...

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Abdelnur selected to participate in HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute



Dr. Heather J. Abdelnur, associate professor in the Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy, was recently accepted into the 2016 Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute...

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The Exoticism of Maya Women: Foreign Obsession and Repulsion, 1820-1900 | Journal of Research on Women and Gender


Historians are constantly in the process of revising collective understanding about the past as previously unknown documents are newly uncovered. The discovery of a diary or memoir, legal papers, and such can cause near ecstasy in an historian and most dream of finding a trunk or suitcase in a dusty attic someday — the waiting goldmine of study. In the past few decades, it has become increasingly more popular to include with traditional written documentation more unusual sources such as archaeological evidence, oral history, and elements of material culture, all adding to the evidence of humans past...

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