Dr. Atalia Shragai
I am a Research fellow at the Latin American department at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My current research entitled ""The New Mission Posts: North American Eco-Imperialism in Late 20th Century Central America." The research underscores the imperialistic dimensions embedded in the phenomenon of eco-tourism in late 20th and early 21th century Central America. Focusing on Costa Rica – the 'Mecca' of eco-tourism – Nicaragua, and Panama, the research examines nature preservation initiatives launched, owned and run by US American and European individuals. These projects – privately-owned nature reserves, ecological corridors, and wild-animal refuges – have already been described by several social scientist as "the new mission posts."
In addition, during my term at the Truman Research Institute I am completing a manuscript for a book, tentatively entitled Counter Currents of Migration: Imperial Cultures, Ecological Consciousness, and Identity-Making among US Citizens in Costa Rica, 1945-1980.
My research interests span 20th century Inter-American relation, migration in the Americas, cultural history and oral history. I am publishing in journals such as The Oral History Review, Journal of Social History, Iberoamericana and Historia. I teach courses on Inter-American relations, Central America and the Caribbean and Oral History workshops at the Department of English and American Studies at Tel Aviv University and the Department of History at the Kibbutzim College in Tel Aviv.