Betsy  Konefal

Associate Professor, History

Office: Blair 334
Email: [[bokone]]
Regional Areas of Research: Latin America and the Caribbean
Thematic Areas of Research: Native American/Indigenous Peoples, Race and Ethnicity, Social and Labor

Research Interests

Her research interests include race and ethnicity, indigenous organizing, human rights, and oppositional politics in Guatemala’s recent civil war.


Betsy Konefal specializes in modern Latin American history. She received a Ph.D. in Latin American history from the University of Pittsburgh, 2005; an M.A. in International Affairs from ColumbiaUniversity’s School of International and Public Affairs, Center for the Study of Human Rights, 1996; and a B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, 1990.


She joined the William and Mary faculty in 2005, and is currently working on a book manuscript on race, identity organizing, and state violence in Guatemala in the 1970s.