Editorial Board

Editorial Board


portrait of Lauren Derby

is Associate Professor of Latin American history at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Dictator’s Seduction: Politics and the Popular Imagination in the Era of Trujillo (Duke University Press, 2009), which won the Gordon K. and Sybil Lewis award (CSA), the Bolton-Johnson Prize (CLAH/AHA), and received honorable mention for the Bryce Wood Book Award (LASA). She also co-edited Activating the Past: History and Memory in the Black Atlantic World (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010) and The Dominican Republic Reader (Duke, 2014), and has written articles on the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico. She is a member of the editorial board of The Americas and Sociales (Dominican Republic).



portrait of Brenda Elsey

is Associate Professor of History at Hofstra University. Her research interests include the relationship between popular culture and politics in Latin America, gender, and social theory. She is the author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth-Century Chile (University of Texas, 2011), as well as several articles that address the political significance of sport, solidarity movements, and Pan-Americanism. Her current projects include a special issue of Radical History Review, “Historicizing the Politics and Pleasure of Sport.”


portrait of Guillermo Palacios

is professor of history at El Colegio de México. His published works include “The Social Sciences, Revolutionary Nationalism, and Interacademic Relations: Mexico and the United States, 1930–1940,” in Amelia M. Kiddle and Maria L. O. Muñoz, eds., Populism in Twentieth Century Mexico: The Presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría (University of Arizona Press, 2010). He organized the XIII Conference of Mexican, US, and Canadian Historians, held in October in Querétaro. More than 350 historians from 14 countries discussed papers on the theme “México and its Revolutions” in 86 sessions.




portrait of Fabricio Prado

is an associate professor at the College of William and Mary where he teaches courses on the history of Colonial Latin American and the Atlantic World. Prado has published book chapters and articles in the US, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. His first monograph in the English language was published in 2015, Edge of Empire: Atlantic Networks in Revolution in Bourbon Rio de la Plata by the University of California Press. His 2002 book Colonia do Sacramento – O Extremo Sul da América Portuguesa won the FUMPROARTE Prize for Culture and Arts in Brazil. Prado has published articles in journals such as The Americas, Topói, and Colonial Latin American Historical Review. He is the founder and principal organizer of the “Rio de la Plata Workshop,” a scholarly meeting of historians of Rio de la Plata and the Atlantic World. Currently he is working on a book manuscript examining inter-American networks connecting Rio de la Plata and Brazil to North America during the Age of Atlantic Revolutions.



portrait of Gabriela Soto Lavega

is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her research interests include modern Latin America, the intersection of science and culture, public health, nationalism, and emerging citizenships. Soto Laveaga’s books and articles include Jungle Laboratories: Mexican Peasants, National Projects, and the Making of Global Steroids (Duke University Press, 2009), “Science and Public Health in the Century of Revolution,” in A Companion to Mexican History and Culture (John Wiley, 2011); and “Medicos, Hospitales y Servicios de Inteligencia” in Salud Colectiva 7 (1), January–April, 2011), as well as many more. Currently she is working on several projects including Sanitizing Revolt: Physicians Strikes and Public Health in Mexico, 1930s–1960s and Rural Health Care and Politics in 1970s Mexico.



portrait of Jessica Stites Mor

teaches at University of British Columbia, Okanagan, and serves as the director of Latin American and Iberian Studies. She is author of Transition Cinema: Political Filmmaking and the Argentine Left since 1968 (Pittsburgh, 2012), co-editor of El Pasado que miramos (The Past We View, Paídos, 2009), and editor of Human Rights and Transnational Solidarity in Cold War Latin America (Wisconsin, 2013). She has also co-edited a special issue on South-South Solidarity for the Journal of Latin American and Iberian Research (2014). She serves on the executive board of the Canadian Latin American and Caribbean Studies Association, and has also served on the Council of Latin American History Teaching committee and the board of the Visual Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association. She has twice won Curriculum Innovation awards for her course Digital Media and History: Filmmaking for Scholars and Activists.


portrait of Emily Wakild

is Professor of History at Boise State University. Her research interests include the social and environmental history of revolution in Latin America, the comparative history of conservation and science, and cultural understandings of climate history. Wakild’s published works include Revolutionary Parks: Conservation, Social Justice, and Mexico’s National Parks (University of Arizona Press, 2011), which was awarded the Alfred B. Thomas Award for best book on a Latin American subject by the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies; the Charles A. Weyerhaueser Award for the best book in forest and conservation history by the Forest History Society; and the Conference on Latin American History’s Elinor Melville Award for the best book on Latin American environmental history. At present she is working on a comparative history of transnational conservation and scientific research in Amazonian and Patagonian South America.



portrait of Charles Walker

is professor of history and director of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas at the University of California, Davis. He teaches courses on all aspects of Latin American history as well as natural disasters, truth commissions, social movements, and sports and empire. His books include The Tupac Amaru Rebellion (Harvard University Press, 2014); Shaky Colonialism: The 1746 Earthquake-Tsunami in Lima, Peru and its Long Aftermath (Duke University Press, 2008); and Smoldering Ashes: Cuzco and the Transition from Colony to Republic, 1780–1840 (Duke University Press, 1999). He has also coedited several volumes in Peru, including a compilation of his essays, Diálogos con el Perú (FEP San Marcos, 2009), and introduced and translated with Carlos Aguirre and Willie Hiatt, Alberto Flores Galindo’s Buscando un Inca/In Search of an Inca (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Walker has held fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, University of California (President’s Fellowship in the Humanities), American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, the American Philosophical Society, the Tinker Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on editorial boards in Chile, Peru, Spain, and the United States, and is the Andes editor for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.



portrait of Stephen Webre

is Garnie W. McGinty Professor of History and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts professor emeritus of history at Louisiana Tech University. Professor Webre holds a PhD in Latin American history from Tulane University. His publications include José Napoleón Duarte and the Christian Democratic Party in Salvadoran Politics, 1960–1972 (1979), La sociedad colonial en Guatemala: estudios regionales y locales (1989), and La época colonial en Guatemala: estudios de historia social y cultural (with Robinson A. Herrera, 2014), plus many articles in academic journals, reference book entries, and book reviews. Professor Webre is a contributing editor of the Handbook of Latin American Studies and a corresponding member of the Academia de Geografía e Historia de Guatemala. His current research focuses on Spanish efforts to control the Central American frontier during the seventeenth century. He also maintains El Noticiero Centroamericanista, a blog dedicated to news of interest to specialists in the history and culture of Central American countries.


portrait of Stephanie Wood

is the Director of the Wired Humanities Projects at the University of Oregon. She is the chief editor of a string of open-access digital projects relating to Mexican history, including the Mapas Project; the Early Nahuatl Library; the Nahuatl Dictionary (modern and early, with more than 70,000 regular users a year, over 36,000 searchable head words, with attestations of words in phrases pulled from manuscripts and translated to English and Spanish, and with added pictography and audio); and, the Age of Exploration maps by Europeans, with a special focus on the Western Hemisphere. She is the author of Transcending Conquest: Nahua Views of Spanish Colonial Mexico (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007), and has co-edited four anthologies. She regularly directs NEH Summer Institutes in Oaxaca, Mexico, and she is a Senior Fulbright Scholar.

Advisory Board


portrait of Marjorie Agosin

is Professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. She is the author of scholarly works, creative works, and several anthologies on the themes of women and human rights in the Americas. Among her most recent books are I Lived on Butterfly Hill: A Novel (Simon and Schuster, 2014) and Ana Imagining Ana (Das Kapital, 2015). She has received several awards for her literary works, among them the Pura Belpré award from the American Library Association for her book I Lived on Butterfly Hill.


portrait of Roderic Ai Camp

is the Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College. He serves as a member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution, and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of twenty-eight books on Mexico, six of which have been designated by Choice as outstanding academic books, and five books on Latin America. His most recent publications include: Politics in Mexico: Democratic Consolidation or Decline? (Oxford University Press, 2013); The Oxford Handbook of Mexican Politics (Oxford University Press, 2012); Mexico: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2011; 2nd edn, 2017); Mexican Political Biographies, 1935–2009 (University of Texas Press, 2011); The Metamorphosis of Leadership in a Democratic Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Olaf College for his scholarship and teaching on Mexico. In 2017, the Mexican government awarded him the Order of the Aztec Eagle.


portrait of Susan Deeds

Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University, is the author of Defiance and Deference in Colonial Mexico: Indians under Spanish Rule in Nueva Vizcaya (University of Texas Press, 2003), and co-author with Michael C. Meyer and William L. Sherman of The Course of Mexican History, 6th–10th eds. (Oxford University Press, 1998–2014). She has published over 30 articles in professional journals and scholarly anthologies on the colonial history and ethnohistory of northern Mexico in the thematic areas of ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and cultural history. Her current book project examines gender and interethnic relations in a northern New Spain frontier community. Recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Scholarship Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society, among others, she has also been an officer in professional societies including the Conference on Latin American History, the Rocky Mountain Council on Latin American Studies, and the American Society for Ethnohistory.


portrait of Kenneth Mills

(D. Phil. Oxford, 1992), J. Frederick Hoffman Professor of History at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is an anthropological historian of the early modern Spanish world, with an emphasis on the Andean region of colonial Latin America. He investigates religious and cultural transformations and re-creations, via different people's thinking and actions within idiosyncratically and fragmentarily reported episodes. His scholarship is notable for its trans-oceanic vision and its cross-disciplinary curiosity before people, their stories, and interactions. Kenneth Mills’ recent published works include the multi-author and multi-discipline Lexikon of the Hispanic Baroque: Transatlantic Exchange and Transformation, coordinated and edited with Evonne Levy (University of Texas Press, 2013).


portrait of Martin Nesvig

is associate professor of history at the University of Miami. He earned a Ph.D. at Yale University in 2004 in Latin American and Iberian history and religion. He is a historian of colonial Mexico, Hispanic Catholicism, the Inquisition and the comparative Spanish empire. His interests lie in the contrast between proscriptive forms of ideology and behavior and everyday responses to those proscriptions. To that end he has studied inquisitional censorship, imperial politics and religious sociology. He is author of Ideology and Inquisition: The World of the Censors in Early Mexico (Yale 2009) and editor of three volumes on religious culture: Local Religion in Colonial Mexico (University of New Mexico 2006), Religious Culture in Modern Mexico (Rowman and Littlefield 2007) and Forgotten Franciscans (Pennsylvania State University 2011). Currently he is completing a book, Promiscuous Power, about everyday making and unmaking of empire in immediate post-contact western Mexico.


portrait of Perez Louis

is the J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History and the Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written and edited numerous books, including To Die in Cuba: Suicide and Society (University of North Carolina Press, 2005); On Becoming Cuban: Identity, Nationality, and Culture (2nd edn, UNC Press, 2008); Cuba in the American Imagination: Metaphor and the Imperial Ethos (UNC Press, 2008); The Structure of Cuban History: Meanings and Purpose of the Past (UNC Press, 2013); and Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2014). The recipient of numerous grants—from the Ford Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, MacArthur Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others—Pérez has served on editorial boards for journals including American Historical Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Inter-American Economic Affairs, Latin American Research Review, and Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. He is currently the series editor of “Envisioning Cuba” for the University of North Carolina Press. 


portrait of Barbara Potthast

finished her PhD in Latin American History at the University of Cologne, Germany, in 1986, and in 1992 she received her postdoctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) from the same institution. In the same year, she received a professorship at the University of Bielefeld. Since 2000 Potthast has been a professor at the University of Cologne and the director of the Institute for Iberian and Latin-American History. She is also president of the Centro Latinoamericano de Colonia (CLAC) and, since 2014, of the newly founded Global South Studies Center of Cologne (GSSC). In addition, she coordinates a joint interdisciplinary research project with other German universities on “Ethnicity, Citizenship and Belonging in Latin America.” Her research interests are the history of gender and family, as well as processes of collective identity formation. Her main research areas are Paraguay and Argentina.


portrait of Monica Rankin

is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at Dallas. An expert on Mexican diplomacy, gender, fashion, and identity in the 1940s, she specializes in the history of Mexico, Latin America, and U.S.-Latin American relations. She completed her Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona in 2004. She is the author of ¡México, la patria!: Propaganda and Production during World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2009); The History of Costa Rica (Greenwood Press, 2012); and Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture: The Search for National Identity, 1820s–1900 (Facts on File, 2010). She has also written several chapters and articles on various aspects of Mexican foreign policy, gender, and popular culture during World War II. She continues to examine popular culture, gender, and nationalism in 20th-century Mexico as well as issues of U.S.-Latin American relations in the 1940s.

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Founding Editor in Chief (2013–2020)


portrait of William Beezley

William Beezley is a professor of Latin American history at the University of Arizona, where his research centers on the history of Mexico. His teaching career began at the State University of New York (SUNY) and at North Carolina State University, and he has held visiting professorships at the University of Nebraska and at the Instituto de Estudios Ibero-Americanos, the University of North Carolina, the Guadalajara Summer School, La Universidad de Colima, and at the Universities of Texas, Calgary, and British Columbia. He was awarded endowed chairs at Texas Christian University (TCU) and Tulane University, and he served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at La Universidad Nacional in Bogotá, Colombia; as a distinguished visiting professor at the Colegio de México; and as a distinguished researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). For sixteen years, he directed the Oaxaca Graduate Summer Institute.


In recognition of Professor Beezley’s contribution to knowledge of the nation’s history and culture, the Mexican government awarded him the Ohtli Medal in May 2017, confirming his international reputation for publications such as the classic Judas at the Jockey Club (Nebraska, 1985; Spanish translation, 2010). Other notable published works include the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Mexican History and Culture 3 vols. (Oxford University Press, 2018); The Essential Mexico (Oxford University Press, 2013); Oxford History of Mexico, co-edited with Michael C. Meyer (Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, 2010; Mondrian translation, 2013); Mexico: The New Oxford World History Series (Oxford University Press, 2011); Latin American Popular Culture: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, 2nd Edition, 2011); The Companion to Mexican History and Culture (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011); Mexico’s Crucial Century, 1810–1910: An Introduction, with Colin MacLachlan (Nebraska, 2010); and other titles, articles, and reviews.


Professor Beezley has appeared as a guest expert in more than twenty PBS episodes of “The Desert Speaks” and “In the Americas with David Yetman.” Currently, he and Roderic Ai Camp are filming interviews with former Mexican presidents and prominent women and men for a video production about the democratization of Mexico. He is currently writing and directing a documentary about Mexican women who use embroidery to state their domestic and human rights. His interests extend throughout and beyond Latin America, and to the topics of craft brewing and Malbec wine.


Former Editors

Karen Racine

University of Guelph

Douglass Sullivan-González

University of Mississippi