Born in Santiago, Chile, Florencia Mallon grew up in Latin America and the United States. She received her B.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She has taught Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1982, and in 2006 was named the Julieta Kirkwood Professor of History.
A prize-winning historian, Mallon received the Bryce Wood Award for Best Book in Latin American Studies for Peasant and Nation: The Making of Postcolonial Mexico and Peru (1995); and the Bolton-Johnson Prize for the Best Book in Latin American History for Courage Tastes of Blood: The Mapuche Indigenous Community of Nicolás Ailío and the Chilean State, 1906-2000 (2006). She is the recipient of several national fellowships, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, and a Fulbright Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. Mallon is one of the founding editors of Duke University Press’s Book Series on “Narrating Native Histories.”
Florencia Mallon lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband of more than thirty years, fellow historian Steve J. Stern. They have two sons. This is her first novel.