Professor Szuchman’s fields revolve around the urban and social history of Latin America. With a focus on Argentina, where he has carried out most of his archival research, he has been supported by grants from several funding agencies, including the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Program, and the Doherty Foundation, among others. He served as Managing Editor of the Hispanic American Historical Review, the field’s journal of record, from 1991 to 1997.
His publications emphasize the interplay among urban, economic, and political factors and their effects on individuals and families over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Concentrating empirical findings from case studies in the cities of Buenos Aires and Córdoba, his research methods involve the compilation and analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data in analyzing the intersection of social, urban and family history. More recently, Prof. Szuchman has conducted research on nation-building and the development of the early Argentine state.
He has served on the faculty of the departments of history at the University of Miami, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the National University of Uruguay.