Alexander Avina

Assoc Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302

Biography

Alexander Aviña is an Associate Professor of Latin American History in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University.  He previously taught at Florida State University.  His book, Specters of Revolution:  Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside (Oxford University Press, 2014), was awarded the Maria Elena Martínez Book Prize in Mexican History for 2015 by the Conference on Latin American History.  He has also published articles in the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research and the NACLA Report on the Americas.  He earned his BA from Saint Mary's College of California and his PhD from the University of Southern California.  

His current research project explores the links between the political economy of narcotics, drug wars, and state violence in 1960s and 70s Mexico.   

Education

  • Saint Mary's College of California, B.A. in History (2002)
  • University of Southern California, PhD in History (2009)

 

 

Research Interests

Social Movements and State Violence in 20th century Mexico and Guerrero; Capitalism, Drugs, and Drug Wars; Cold War Latin America; the Left in Modern Mexico and Latin America; Sports in Latin America

Publications

  • Specters of Revolution:  Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • "Guerrilla Movements and Armed Struggle in Cold War Mexico," Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History (2017)
  • "Mexico's Long Dirty War," NACLA Report on the Americas 48:2 (2016), 144-149.
  • "An Archive of Counterinsurgency:  State Anxieties and Peasant Guerrillas in Cold War Mexico," Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research 19:1 (July 2013), 41-48.
  • "Seizing Hold of Memories in Moments of Danger:  Guerrillas and Revolution in Guerrero, Mexico," in Challenging Authoritarianism in Mexico:  Revolutionary Struggles and the Dirty War, 1964-1982, eds. Fernando Herrera Calderón and Adela Cedillo (Routledge, 2012)
  • "'We have returned to Porfirian Times:' Neopopulism, Counterinsurgency and the Dirty War in Guerrero, Mexico," in Populism in 20th Century Mexico:  The Presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría, eds. Amelia Kiddle and María L.O. Muñoz (University of Arizona Press, 2010)
  • "The New Left in Latin America," Oxford Bibliographies Online (2011)

Research Activity

  • Co-investigator on an European Research Council-funded project titled "Configurations of Violence in Mexico and Central America (European Research Council Program-Civil Wars; European Commission; Horizon 2020 European Union funding for Research and Innovation) (2016-2018)

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
HST 376 Modern Latin America
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 598 Special Topics
HST 641 North American History
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 305 Studies in Latin Amer History
HST 447 Modern Mexico
HST 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
HST 305 Studies in Latin Amer History
HST 447 Modern Mexico