About

Jorge Puma, a Kellogg Institute PhD Fellow, holds a master's in international history and bachelor's in political science and international relations from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), and a bachelor of law from Universidad Pontificia de México.

While pursuing a PhD in history at the University of Notre Dame, Jorge is supported by the Mexican Government’s Fulbright-García Robles grant. Jorge’s research interests lies in Mexican and Latin American history (1960s and 1970s) and leftwing politics.

Jorge was a debate instructor for CIDE's undergraduate students for eight years and has traveled around Latin America (Panamá, Nicaragua, Perú, Chile and Colombia) with them representing Mexico and CIDE in multiple competitions.

Jorge has published his work in peer-reviewed journals in Chile and United States. His latest work about Mexican Maoism will appear in the November issue of the journal Latin American Perspectives. Read an online version of the article at: https://doi.org/10.1177/0094582X17699902

Journal Articles

Crespo, Jorge Ivan Puma. “De aquel amor y música ligera: The impact of the Chinese Revolution at the fiftieth anniversary of the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China.” Memoria: Revista de Crítica Militante, 4(272) (2019): 67-68. Summary: Jorge Puma explores the legacy and impact of the Chinese Revolution fifty years after the proclamation of the People's Republic of China. He reminds us of the role that Mao's China had in the global sixties moment of student protest and the ways that legacy has overlapped with the emergence of China as a superpower in the 21st century.
Crespo, Jorge Ivan Puma. “De la tolerancia al rechazo total: la disidencia magisterial en Oaxaca y la aplicación de pruebas estándarizadas, 2008-2013.” NORRAG Número Especial: Monitoreo global del desarrollo educativo nacional: ¿coercitivo o constructivo?(03) (2019) 92-94. Summary: Jorge Puma offers a quick overview of the reasons behind the resistance of a local teacher's union in southern Mexico against standardized tests. He shows that the teacher's political capital and state weakness combined to stop reform proposal espoused by Mexico's federal government in 2013. Oaxaca's remains a cautionary tale to any overconfident reformer.
Other Accomplishments & Recognitions

2019-2020: Silas Palmer Research Fellowship. Hoover Institution-Stanford University, Stanford California: Hoover Institution Library & Archives. A research award for consulting the Hoover institution Mexican Archives. I will conduct archival research next August 2020 and study the impact of the Chinese revolution in 1960s, Mexico.

2019: John Highbarger Graduate Research Award for the project, "A Transnational History of Revolutionary Convergence: Revolutionary Catholicism and Global Maoism." by the Department of History of the University of Notre Dame. One week of research in the Universidad Católica de Córdoba, Argentina, between October 21 and October 28, 2019. I spent the week working on the Collection José María "Pichi" Meisegeier-Carlos Mugica exploring the transnational history of Liberation Theology and social activism among Catholic priests during the 1970s.

September 2018: Phillip Gleason Prize by the History Department: “Small Groups Don’t Win Revolutions: Armed Struggle in the Memory of Maoist Militants of Política Popular,” published in Latin American Perspectives, by Jorge Puma Crespo.

The Phillip Gleason Prize is awarded semi-annually for the best-published article by a graduate student in History.

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