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Michael J. Gonzales

Presidential Research Professor Emeritis

Fields of Study: Latin America, Agrarian Societies, Borderlands/Frontier, Economic and Business, Labor, Memory and Commemoration, Nationalism and Identity, Race and Ethnicity, Social Movements

E-mail: mgonzales@niu.edu
Office Zulauf 714

Education: Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1978

Current Research: I am writing a book on expressions of national identity and historical memory as displayed in celebrations of independence in Mexico, Peru and Argentina. I am also writing a second edition of my book, The Mexican Revolution, 1910-1940 (New Mexico, 2002).

Major/Recent Publications:

  • Imagining Latin America: Visions of the Patria in Centennial Celebrations in Mexico, Peru and Argentina in 1910-1924 (New Mexico, forthcoming)
  • The Mexican Revolution: 1910-1940 ( New Mexico, 2002)
  • Plantation Agriculture and Social Control in Northern Peru, 1875-1933 (Texas, 1985)
  • "Imagining Mexico in 1910: Visions of the Patria in the Centennial Celebration in Mexico City," Journal of Latin American Studies (forthcoming)
  • "U.S. Copper Companies, the Mine Workers’ Movement, and the Mexican Revolution: 1910-1920," Hispanic American Historical Review, Vol 76:3 (August, 1996), pp. 503-534.
  • "United States Copper Companies, the State and Labour Conflict in Mexico, 1900-1910," Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. XXVI, Part 3 (October 1994), pp. 651-683.
  • "Planters and Politics in Peru, 1895-1919," Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. XXIII, Part 3 (October 1991) pp. 515-543.
  • "Chinese Plantation workers and social conflict in Peru in the Late Nineteenth century," Journal of Latin American Studies, Vol. XII, Part 3 (October 1989) pp. 385-424.

Teaching Interests: I teach modern Mexican history and modern Latin American revolutions as well as seminars on aspects of the social, cultural, and political history of Latin America, sometimes in a comparative context with other areas of the world.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 482 Mexico Since 1810
  • HIST 485 Modern Latin American Revolutions
  • HIST 520 The Mexican Revolution
  • HIST # Race and Nation in Mexico and the Andes

Interdisciplinary Affiliations:
Director, Center for Latino and Latin American Studies