Graduate Fields of Study - Latin America

Latin American history at the University of Arizona has long been one of its most distinguished graduate programs. While we have special strength in Mexican history, our goal is to offer broad comprehensive training in the field . Our students are expected to have strong language skills in Spanish and Portuguese, and are offered a wide choice of regional and topical classes in colonial, early national, and twentieth century history. Students here also have an opportunity to work with leading Latin American scholars in Anthropology, Art History, Geography, Law, Mexican American Studies, Political Science, Spanish and Portuguese, and Women's Studies. As a group, Latin American specialists on campus are affiliated with the Center of Latin American Studies, an interdisciplinary program for teaching and research. Supported in part with Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center sponsors an active roster of outside speakers and community events, and offers a variety of grant opportunities and internships. Tucson itself provides a rich and stimulating environment for students of Latin America. Located just seventy miles from the border, with a large, diverse, multi-cultural population of its own, the city is the hub for a wide range of economic, political, and cultural activities that link Latin America with the United States.


William Beezley (Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 1969)

Kevin Gosner (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1984)

Oscar Martinez (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975)

Jadwiga Pieper Mooney (Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2000)


Dissertations in Progress



Ryan Alexander

Fortunate Sons of the Revolution: Miguel Aleman and Civilian Rule in Mexico, 1946-1952.

Matt Furlong

Peasants, Slaves, and Sojourners: Itinerant Asians in Colonial New Spain, 1571-1700.

Catherine T. Goode

“Etxekoak inperioa: A Basque Family Empire in the 18th Century Global Economy.”

Alexander Hidalgo

The Imaginary Frontier: Cartography and Ideology in New Spain, 1600-1800.

Ryan Kashanipour


A World of Cures: Yucatec Healing in the Eighteenth Century

Amelia Kiddle


La Política del Buen Amigo: Mexican Relations with Latin America during the Presidency of Lazaro Cardenas, 1934-1940

Erika Korowin

Crafting a New Nation: Cultural Politics on the Chilean Road to Socialism, 1970-1973.


Amanda Lopez


The Cadaverous City: The Everyday Life of the Dead in Mexico City, 1875-1930

Ignacio Martinez


Negotiated Terrain: Friendship in Colonial New Mexico, 1680-1760.

Tyler Ralston


Social Change, Populist Politics, and Popular Memory: The Baixada Fluminense and the Legendary Tenorio Cavalcanti, 1945-1964.

Cory Schott


“Shifting Boundaries: Social Change in Colonial Nicaragua, 1759-1814.”







Recently Completed Dissertations and Recent Ph.D. Placement


Elena Albarran (2007)


Children of the Revolution: Constructing the Mexican Citizen, 1920-1940

Assistant Professor, Miami Uinversity-Ohio


Glenn J. Avent (2005)

Representing Revolution: The Mexican Congress and the Origins of Single-Party Rule, 1916–34

Assistant Professor, Hastings College


Celestine Gonzalez de

Bustamante (2005)

“Television in the Tropics: Mexico and Brazil, 1950-1970.”

Assistant Professor, Journalism Departmet, University of Arizona


Michael A. Matthews


A Social History: Mexican Railroads, 1876-1900.

Assistant Professor, Elon College, North Carolina


Ageeth Sluis (2005)

City of Spectacles: Gender Performance, Revolutionary Reform, and the Creation of Public Space in Mexico City, 1915-1939.

Assistant Professor, Butler University


Gretchen Pierce (2007)

Sober Revolutionaries: Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the Anti-Alcohol Campaigns in Jalisco, Oaxaca, and Sonora, Mexico, 1910-1940

Assistant Professor University of Indiana--Gary


Scott L. Taylor (2004)

Mary between Good and the Devil: Jurisprudence, Theology, and Satire in Bartolo of Sassoferrato’s Processus Sathane


Maria A. Toxqui. (2008)

Identity, Power and Social Interaction of the Pulquerios in Mexico City during the Liberal Republic, (1857-1910).

Assistant Professor, Bradley University


Emily L. Wakild (2007)

Resources, Communities and Conservation: The Creation of National Parks in Revolutionary Mexico under President Lazaro Cardenas, 1934-1940.

Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University


Maria Munoz (2009)

"Son Tan Mexicanos Como Nosotros":The First National Congress of Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of Indigenismo, 1968-1982.

Assistant Professor, Susquehanna University

Stephen Neufeld (2009)

Servants of the Nation: The Military in the Making of Modern Mexico, 1876-1911.

Assistant Professor, Cal State Fullerton



Local Resources:
Latin American Studies
Documentary Relations of the Southwest
Southwest Center
Arizona Historical Society
Arizona State Museum

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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