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Jaime PensadoJaime M. Pensado

Associate Professor of History
(PhD, University of Chicago, 2008)
469 Decio Hall

Geographic focus: Mexico; Latin America.

Thematic interests
: Modern Mexican history; student movements; youth culture; Latin American Revolutions; the Cold War.

Current research: My second book project takes up a set of research questions that have not been addressed in the historiography of modern Mexico, but which will complicate our understanding of the turbulent, combative, and at a times contradictory character of the Cold War era: how did conservative and progressive sectors of the Catholic Church—particularly those invested in education, student politics, and entertainment—respond to the contentious environment that emerged inside Mexico's most important universities during the postwar era? How did young Catholic students respond to the rise of leftist militancy that came to characterize their schools in the wake of the Cuban Revolution?

Selected publications:

  • “El Movimiento Estudiantil Profesional (MEP): una mirada a la radicalización de la juventud católica mexicana durante la Guerra Fría,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos 31, 1 (Winter, 2015)

  • “El movimiento politécnico de 1956: la primera revuelta estudiantil en México de los sesenta,” in Renate Marsiske, ed., Movimientos Estudiantiles en la Historia de América Latina: Volumen IV (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2015)

  • "'To Assault with the Truth': The Revitalization of Conservative Militancy in Mexico During the Global Sixties," in "Latin America in the Global Sixties," special issue, The Americas 70, 3 (January 2014)

  • Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties (Stanford University Press, 2013)
    Winner of the 2014 Mexico History Book Prize from the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH) for the most significant work on the history of Mexico published during the previous year.

  • “Utopian Dreams: A History of Student Activism in Latin America,” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Fall, 2012)

  • “Between Young Men and Mischievous Children: Youth, Transgression, and Protest in Late-Nineteenth Century Mexico,” in The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth  4, 1 (Winter 2011)

  • "Student Politics in Mexico at the Wake of the Cuban Revolution," in Robert Clarke et. al., eds., New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (Toronto/New York: Between the Lines & Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

  • "The (Forgotten) Sixties in Mexico." In The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 1, 1 (May, 2008)




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