- The Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Negotiation of Rule during Mexico’s Long Twentieth Century (with Gilbert M. Joseph). Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2013. History Book Club selection, in second printing.
- The Last Caudillo: Alvaro Obregón and the Mexican Revolution. Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
- Aftershocks: Earthquakes and Popular Politics in Latin America (ed., with Lyman L. Johnson). Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
- State Governors in the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1952: Portraits in Conflict, Courage, and Corruption (ed., with William H. Beezley). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
- Mexican Mosaic: A Brief History of Modern Mexico. Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, 2008.
- Plutarco Elías Calles and the Mexican Revolution. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.
- Mexico OtherWise: Modern Mexico in the Eyes of Foreign Observers. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005.
- Tools of Progress: A German Merchant Family in Mexico City , 1865-present. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004.
- Werkzeuge des Fortschritts: Eine deutsche Händlerfamilie in Mexiko von 1865 bis zur Gegenwart. Stuttgart: Verlag Dieter Heinz, 2002.
- In the Shadow of the Giant: The Making of Mexico’s Central America Policy, 1876-1930. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996.
19th and 20th century Mexico: cultural, economic, political, Political Culture, Immigration, Mexico in world affairs, Foreign travel writing, Mexican Revolution.
- HIST 3002 Latin American Political Economy
- HIST 3176 History of Mexico
- HIST 6152 Colloquium in Modern Latin America
- HIST 2207 Modern Latin America
- HIST 3010 History and Culture through Film
- HIST 3176 History of Mexico
- HIST 4600 Latin American in the Cold War
- HIST 6000 Recent Mexican History
- LBST 2101 A Global History of Capitalism
- LBST 2102 The United States and Latin America
- LTAM 6000 Latin America in the Era of Globalization
- LTAM 6000 The United States and Mexico
- LTAM 6252 Colloquium in Modern Latin American History
- LTAM 6300 Latin American Thought
My graduate advisees have been accepted to Ph.D. programs at Columbia University, Emory University, the University of New Mexico, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Maryland, among others.
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, 1993
I have just finished writing a history of the so-called “Sonoran Dynasty” of Mexico, a group of leaders from the northwestern state of Sonora that won the Mexican Revolution in 1920 and established the cultural, economic, and political blueprint of the modern Mexican state during the following 15 years.
I am currently working on a book on U.S.-Mexican relations, a collection of essays on irreligion in Mexico, and a collection of essays on disability.
Major Professional Service:
I am the Co-Executive Director of the Conference on Latin American History, a society affiliated with the American Historical Association with over 600 members.
In addition, I am the editor of Viewpoints: Puntos de Vista: Themes and Interpretations in Latin American History, a book series with Wiley-Blackwell and co-editor of “Latin America in the World, the World in Latin America,” a book series with the University of New Mexico Press.
Finally, among my other editorial work, I am co-editor of the Annals edition of The Latin Americanist and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban History.