Forrest Hylton

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Forrest Hylton (Ph.D., New York University) is a Zukovskian Marxist writer and an ethnohistorian of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Sede Medellín, and has taught at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá), Harvard University, and Northwestern University. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University's Tamiment Library and a Faculty Fellow at the Charles Warren Center for American History at Harvard University.

His books, essays, and cv are available at


Hylton is the author of Evil Hour in Colombia, which has been translated into Spanish, French, and Portuguese. With Sinclair Thomson, he is co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics, which has been translated into French. With Thomson, he is an editor of and contributor to Ya es otro tiempo el presente: Cuatro momentos de insurgencia indígena (La Paz: Muela del Diablo, 2003), in its third printing in Bolivia.


Hylton is completing a book manuscript entitled Specters of Race War: Indian Communities, the Federal War of 1899, and the Regeneration of Bolivia, and working on a monographic project entitled Atlantic Homeland: Kinship, Trade, and Authority in the Guajira (New Granada), 1696-1831. He has completed archival research for a book to be entitled Labor Noir: Democracy and Organized Crime on the Brooklyn Waterfront, 1919-1982, under contract with Oxford University Press. It remains to be seen whether he writes it.

He is a member of the Grupo de Investigación en Historia Social of the Universidad de Antioquia and the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and has three essays on indigenous peasant politics in Bolivia in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, respectively, forthcoming in 2019, as well as an unpublished manuscript on indigenous historicities and the ethical and epistemological limits of history as an academic discipline.

Documentary Films[edit]

With Professor Lina Britto, Ph.D., of Northwestern University, Hylton is co-author and co-producer of a documentary, Espíritus Guerreros: Las huellas de las luchas Wayúu del siglo XVIII (2012/14, 35 mins., Spanish and Wayuunaiki, Universidad de los Andes/Northwestern University), about historical memory of Spanish colonization projects in the Guajira peninsula in the Age of Revolution. With Germán Aguilar, Sergio Koen, José Miguel Restrepo Moreno, and Alexis Carabalí Angola, he plans to construct an audio-visual archive of Wayúu historical memory through the Solidarity Extension Project of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia.


Hylton's first novel, Vanishing Acts: A Tragedy, about urban warfare in Medellín, is bi-lingual, and was published by City Works Press in 2010. His short fiction, translations, and excerpts from a novel in progress, entitled Isolate Flecks: An Anatomy, have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail. Excerpts from another novel in progress, El caso Padilla, have been published in Arte y Parte (Riohacha, Colombia). He continues to peck away at them...or vice-versa.