Marta Zabaleta is a political refugee who was given asylum in England after imprisonment in both Argentina and Chile. She became a senior lecturer and researcher, based at the Middlesex University. Now retired, she continues her social activism. She also inspires through her writing, that readers recognise and protest the abuse of civil rights not only in Latin America but he world over. In her account she provides a vivid description of how human memory functions in its adaptation of traumatic experience, especially the physical and psychological torture inflicted by government agents, in Latin American dictatorships.
Whilst at Middlesex, she was responsible for the UK CHANGE International Reports. She has been very active in carrying out research on women’s issues in the context of Latin American under-development since 1964. Especially so in the following areas: economic history; education; agrarian reform; societal reform; and revolution. Her work has also greatly benefitted from her central involvement, world-wide, in several women’s networks and government programmes (such as for the UN).
Marta Zabaleta serves on the Editorial Board of Revista del Cesla (Center of Latin American Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland) and is the author of Feminine Stereotypes and Roles in Theory and Practice in Argentina Before and After the First Lady Eva Perón (Lewiston, N.Y.: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2000).