Graduate Fields of Study - Latin America

The Program and its Scope

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

Sarah E. Howard
Max Mangraviti
Paul Lee Ruffner
Maira Marquez Sandoval
Cristina Urias-Espinoza
Jesus Osciel Salazar
Edward Polanco
Claire Perrott
Marco Macias
Alison Huntley
Anabel Galindo
Benjamin DuMontier
Justin Campbell
Danielle Blalock Barefoot
James Barefoot


Recently Completed Dissertations and Recent Ph.D. Placement


Luis Edguardo Coronado Guel Sr.  "Dios, Patria y mi Derecho: The Secularization of Patriotism and Popular Legal Culture in Revolutionary Mexico, 1917-29"


Shayna Mehas "Gendered Histories of Piety: Mexico City on the Eve of Independence"


Joshua K. Salyers "Impoverished Spaces: Modern Housing, Local Identity, and the Vecindad in Tepito, 1940-85"


Peter B. Soland  "Cuando los Conquistadores Se Cayeron: Aviation, Modernity, and Citizenship in Mexico"


Local Resources:
Latin American Studies
Arizona State Museum Archive
Special Collections
Arizona Historical Society Archive

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Us

Department of History
Cesar E. Chavez
Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721
Tel: (520) 621-1586
Fax: (520) 621-2422