William Beezley

About William Beezley

I am a Latin Americanist with a focus in Mexican history, and I enjoy engaging with the academic community surrounding my discipline. I have given over a hundred-fifty invited lectures and seminars at universities in the US, Canada, Latin America, Australia, England (Oxford, Cambridge, and Warwick), Italy (University of Torino) and France (Toulouse Université). Additionaly, I participated in the development of an Outreach program for k-12 teachers throughout that offered workshops and curriculum materials. Furthermore, I have supported the profession by evaluating grants for Fulbright, the American Philosophical Society, National Humanities Center, and other US foundations as well German and Mexican foundations. I have also evaluated and written letters for more than 50 individuals being considered for promotion and tenure at US and Canadian universities.

Areas of Study

Modern Mexican History, Latin American Cultural History


"Bordanado Mis Direchos: Mexican women embroider their personal, domestic, civil, and Human rights" A documentary on this topic.


"The Democratization of Mexico, 1980 to the Present" One-hour video interviews with the Presidents, politicians, and public figures who have had part in the Mexican democratization process. The interviews are done with Roderic Camp (Claremont-McKenna Graduate College) and available on line at the Oxford University Press webside.


"Objects & Episodes: Latin American Popular Culture in Objects"


"Porgy & Bess battle the Communists: Cold War Cultural Wars"

Selected Publications

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Mexican History & Culture, 3 vols. (2018)

Cultural Nationalism and Ethnic Music in Latin America (2018)

Judas at the Jockey Club (3rd. ed; 2018)

Problems in Mexican History (2017)

Mexico--The Essentials (2016)

Mexico in World History ( 2011)             

Latin American Popular Culture: An Introduction, with Linda Curcio-Nagy ( 2nd ed; 2011) 

The Companion to Mexican History and Culture ( 2011) 

Mexico's Crucial Century, 1810-1910: An Introduction, with Colin MacLachlan (2010) 

Research Interests

Modern Mexican History & Culture, Latin American Culture, and Latin American wines


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Contact Information

William Beezley
Telephone: 621-7107
Office: CHVZ 314
Office Hours: M/W 11AM - 12PM, 1 - 2PM, or by appointment (Spring 2019)


Ph.D. University of Nebraska, 1969

M.A. University of Nebraska, 1966

B.A. California State University, Chico, 1964

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Us

Department of History
César E. Chávez Bldg.
Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email: history@email.arizona.edu
Tel: (520) 621-1586
Fax: (520) 621-2422