Sasha D. Pack


Sasha Pack.

Sasha D. Pack


Sasha D. Pack



Modern European History; History of Spain and Portugal; Modern Mediterranean History; Transnational History; Political History


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 2004
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, 2000
  • BA, Wesleyan University, 1997

Courses Regularly Taught

HIS 293: The Second World War
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 400: Varieties of Fascism
HIS 462: The New Europe (1945-present)
HIS 505: Core Seminar - Modern Europe
HIS 510: The Modern Mediterranean

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 the comparative history of authoritarian and fascist regimes, the history of travel and tourism, and modern international and transnational history.

Selected Publications


The Deepest Border: The Strait of Gibraltar and the Making of the Modern Hispano-African Borderland (Stanford University Press, 2019)

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

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


“Tourism and the History of Travel,” Journal of Tourism History, 14: 1 (2022), pp. 103-117.

“A General, A Colonial Crisis, and a Nationalist Schism: Primo de Rivera and the Gaullist Paradigm,” Hispania Nova, special dossier, “España y Marruecos: Del Desastre de Annual a la Dictadura de Primo de Rivera,” 20 (2022).  

“Decolonisation and the Press: A Path to Pluralism in Franco’s Spain (ca. 1950-1975),” in Berny Sèbe and Matthew Stanard (eds.), Decolonising Europe?: Popular Responses to the End of Empire (London: Routledge, 2020)   

“Las múltiples caras del turismo en la Europa contemporánea,” in Rafael Vallejo and Carlos Larrinaga (eds.), Los orígenes del turismo moderno en España. El nacimiento de un país turístico, 1900-1939 (Madrid: Sílex, 2018)

“Turismo, urbanismo y colonialismo en Tánger, 1880-1939,” Cuadernos de Historia Contemporánea, special issue: “España como potencia turística: una visión a largo plazo,” 37 (2015).

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

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

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

“Tourism, Modernisation, and Difference: A Twentieth-Century Spanish Paradigm,” Sport in Society, special issue: “Sport, Mass Consumerism, and the Body in Modern Spain,” 11: 6 (2008).

–Catalan translation: “Turisme, modernització i idiosincràsia nacional a l’Espanya del segle XX,” Segle XX. Revista catalana d’historia, 2 (2009).

Research Grants and Awards

  • Fulbright Scholar, Spain, 2015-2016
  • 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
  • "Best First Book Prize, 2004-2006," Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies