Meet the Editors
John F. Schwaller
John F. Schwaller is Professor of History at the University at Albany (SUNY and Editor of The Americas). He is known for his work on the secular clergy in early colonial Mexico, Nahuatl language manuscripts, a history of the Catholic Church in Latin America, and most recently, a study of the landing of the Cortés expedition at Veracruz and the petition of the company to the crown. A book on the Aztec month of Panquetzaliztli will appear in Spring, 2019 published by the University of Oklahoma Press. He has assisted Stafford Poole on an English translation of a confessional manual written by the Third Provincial Council of Mexico (1585). For many years he served as an academic administrator at various universities, including Florida Atlantic University (as Associate Dean), the University of Montana, (as Associate Provost and Associate Vice President) the University of Minnesota – Morris (as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean), and the State University of New York at Potsdam (as President). He is also the former Director of the Academy of American Franciscan History.
Marc Becker is professor of Latin American history at Truman State University. His research focuses on the history of the Latin American left. Among his publications are The CIA in Ecuador (Duke University Press, 2020), The FBI in Latin America: The Ecuador Files (Duke University Press, 2017), Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2017), Pachakutik: Indigenous movements and electoral politics in Ecuador (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011), Indians and Leftists in the Making of Ecuador's Modern Indigenous Movements (Duke, 2008), Mariátegui and Latin American Marxist Theory (Ohio University, 1993); co-editor (with Richard Stahler-Sholk and Harry E. Vanden) of Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action from Below (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015) and (with Kim Clark) of Highland Indians and the State in Modern Ecuador (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007); and editor and translator (with Harry Vanden) of José Carlos Mariátegui: An Anthology (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2011). Becker has received Fulbright, SSRC-MacArthur, and other fellowships to support his research. He has served on the executive committees and has been web editor of the Ecuadorian Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples (ERIP) sections of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA); the Andean and Teaching Materials committees of the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH); the Peace History Society (PHS); and Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-Pad). See http://www.yachana.org/.
Ulices Piña is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach. His research and teaching interests include Mexico, Modern Latin America, state-making, revolutions, and social movements. Piña’s research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission in Mexico (COMEXUS), the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC-MEXUS), and the National Institute of Historical Studies on the Revolutions of Mexico (INEHRM). Prior to joining the faculty at CSULB, he taught at Colorado College where he was a postdoctoral fellow and a visiting faculty member of the history department.
Gretchen Pierce is Associate Professor of History at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where she serves as the university’s 2020-2021 Scholar Educator. Her research focuses on the intersections between the temperance movement, the state-building process, and the project of identity formation in revolutionary Mexico. She is the co-editor, with Áurea Toxqui, of Alcohol in Latin America (2014). She has also written chapters and articles in Irreligion in Mexico (forthcoming), Alcohol in Latin America, A Companion to Mexican History and Culture (2011), and The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (2009). She is currently working on a manuscript entitled “Altered States.” She became an editor of H-LatAm in 2019 and also founded the academic research blog Research Corner/Rincón del Investigador/Canto do Pesquisador.
Jonathan Truitt is Professor of Latin American and World History and director of the Center for Learning through Games and Simulations at Central Michigan University. His research focuses on Indigenous and European relations in colonial Mexico City. He has published multiple articles and books including, Native Wills from the Colonial Americas: Dead Giveaways in a New World. Ed. with Mark Christensen. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2016; Sustaining the Divine in Mexico Tenochtitlan: Nahuas and Catholicism, 1523-1700. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press and the Academy of American Franciscan History, 2019; and Mexico In Revolution, 1910-1920. With Stephany Slaughter. Part of the Reacting to the Past series. New York: W. W. Norton, 2019. His current research focuses on the intersections of cultural development around board games during the colonial period. The idea for this project developed as a result of his pedagogical work in game-based learning.
Casey Marina Lurtz
Casey Marina Lurtz is Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the ideas and realities of development in nineteenth century Latin America. She is the author of From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2019), a history of how local and migrant villagers, plantation owners, and investors constrained and contributed to the emergence of a coffee economy at the turn of the twentieth century. Her research has appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review, the Business History Review, and ISTOR and has been supported by fellowships at the UC San Diego Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies. Her current work frames the emergence of development discourses as an exercise in asserting national sovereignty based in ecological extraction.
Casey Lurtz has been the book reviews editor for H-Latam since 2016.
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