Dr Thomas Rath
Lecturer in Latin American History
Office: 311, 26 Gordon Square
Office hour: Wednesdays 11:15-12:30
External phone: 0207 679 3634
Internal phone: 33634
I was an undergraduate in the UCL History department, then went to Oxford for their M.Phil. in Latin American Studies, and after that to Columbia for a Ph.D., awarded in 2009. Since then I have held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Maryland, College Park, and then a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Hamilton College in New York.
I work on the political, social and cultural history of modern Latin America, particularly Mexico. My research to date has explored the politics of nation-state building after the Mexican revolution, particularly military and regional politics, popular protest, political violence, gender, and historical memory. I continue to work on these themes, and am particularly interested in the politics of history during Mexico's so-called transition to democracy, and in comparing Mexico's experience with the rest of Latin America. I am also developing a new project which takes me into more unfamiliar territory: the relationship between state-building, capitalism, and human-animal relations in modern Mexico. As part of this project I am currently researching the political history of the U.S.-Mexican campaign against foot-and-mouth disease (aftosa) in the 1940s and 1950s, with the support of the Wellcome Trust.
In 2012-13 and 2013-14, I will teach undergraduate surveys of modern Latin American history (c.1830-1930, and c.1930-present). By 2014-15, some of my new courses should be up-and-running, including a thematic course on the politics of history in Latin America, and a seminar course on the revolutionary Mexico. I am also developing a course on the transnational history of the Americas c.1850-1950 with my colleague David Sim.
Myths of Demilitarization in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1920-1960 (forthcoming, University of North Carolina Press, 2013).
“ ‘Que el cielo un soldado en cada hijo te dio…’: Conscription, Recalcitrance and Resistance in Mexico in the 1940s.” Journal of Latin American Studies 37 (2005): 507-531.
“Revolutionary Citizenship Against Institutional Inertia: Cardenismo and the Mexican Army, 1934-40.” In Forced Marches: Soldiers and Military Caciques in Modern Mexico, eds. Ben Fallaw and Terry Rugeley (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2012).
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