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Sasha D. Pack

Associate Professor
office: 569 Park Hall
phone: (716) 645-8420


B.A. Wesleyan University, 1997
M.A. University of Wisconsin, 2000
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2004

Courses Regularly Taught

HIS 142: Civilizations and Beliefs: Global History since 1300
HIS 319: The World Between the Wars, 1919-1939
HIS 344: Spain, Portugal, and the Iberian World
HIS 346: Europe in the Nineteenth Century
HIS 350: The Second World War
HIS 400: Comparative Fascism
HIS 402: The Spanish Civil War
HIS 505: Core Seminar in Modern Europe
HIS 510: The Modern Mediterranean
HIS 637: Research in European History


Modern Europe; Modern Mediterranean; International and Transnational History; Comparative Politics

Research Interests

I am a historian of Modern Europe, specializing in Spain and the Mediterranean world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My thematic interests include political history, the comparative history of modern authoritarian regimes, the history of travel and tourism, and modern international history. My current research examines the dynamics of power, order, and conflict in the Strait of Gibraltar and Ibero-Maghrebi borderland in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Selected Publicationspackbook

Tourism and Dictatorship: Europe’s Peaceful Invasion of Franco’s Spain, New York: Palgrave, 2006.

  • Winner of the “Best First Book” Prize, 2004-2006, Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies.

(Spanish translation: La invasión pacífica: los turistas y la España de Franco, Madrid: Ediciones Turner, 2009.)

“The Making of the Gibraltar-Spain Border: Cholera, Contraband, and Spatial Reordering, 1850-1873,” Mediterranean Historical Review, 29: 1 (June, 2014)

“Turismo en la Europa de posguerra. De la diplomacia esterliniana al consumismo de masas,” TST: Transporte, servicios, y telecomunicaciones, 24 (June, 2013)

“Revival of the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: The Politics of Religious, National, and European Patrimony, 1879-1988,” Journal of Modern History, 82: 2 (June, 2010)

Ed., with Brian D. Bunk and Carl-Gustaf Scott, Nation and Conflict in Modern Spain: Essays in Honor of Stanley G. Payne, Madison: Parallel Press, 2008.

Recent Grants and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar, Spain, 2015-2017
  • Collaborative Research Grant, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain, 2011-2014 and 2015-2018
  • Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, University at Buffalo (SUNY), 2011-2012
  • Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Annual Research Grant, 2010