The Mexican Studies Seminar invites visiting and UChicago scholars to present their work in an informal atmosphere, providing Mexican studies faculty and students with the opportunity to debate and discuss scholarly research and inquiry on Mexico from a diverse range of disciplinary perspectives. For more information on upcoming or previous Mexican Studies Seminars: • 773-834-1987


Spring 2021 

Seminars will be taking place via ZOOM at 1pm (CST). Please email to receive link ahead of time. 

  • César Hernández, Ex-Subsecretario de Electricidad, “La reforma eléctrica mexicana y la transición energética,” April 13th, 2021
  • Eric Zolov, Stony Brook University, “The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties,” April 20th, 2021
  • Christy Thornton, Johns Hopkins University, “Revolution in Development: Mexico and the Governance of the Global Economy,” April 27th, 2021

Winter 2021

Seminars will be taking place via ZOOM at 1pm (CST). Please email to receive link ahead of time. 

  • Catalina Pérez Correa, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, “Mexico’s Military Expansion,” January 19th, 2021
  • Nicolás Medina Mora, Revista NEXOS, “José Vasconcelos and the Ideology of MORENA,” January 26th, 2021
  • Arturo Sarukhan, President, Sarukhan + Associates, LLC and former Mexican Ambassador to the US (2007-2013), “Reset or Turbulence in US-Mexico Relations,” February 2nd, 2021
  • Ariel Rodríguez Kuri, Colegio de México, “En Torno a Museo del Universo. Los Juegos Olímpicos y el Movimiento Estudiantil de 1968 (2019)” , February 16th, 2021 
  • Alejandro Madrazo Lajous, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, “Gral. Cienfuegos and AMLO: A Turning Point for Militarization in Mexico?” February 23, 2021

Fall 2020

Seminars will be taking place via ZOOM at 1pm (CST). Please email to receive link ahead of time. 

  • Juan Carlos Moreno Brid, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “The Mexican Economy under AMLO: An Analysis,” October 13, 2020
  • Jorge Zepeda Patterson, Sin Embargo & El País News, “Mexican Politics and Society under AMLO: An Analysis,” October 20, 2020
  • Jesús Silva Herzog Márquez, Instituto Tecnológico De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, “AMLO’s Second Year: Populist Politics and the Two Crises,” October 27, 2020
  • Adriana Garcia, Office of Mayor Garcetti, Immigrant Affairs, “Connecting the Mexican Population in Large Cities to Vital COVID-19 Resources,” November 10, 2020

Winter 2020

All seminars take place in SSRB #224. Please RSVP in advance by sending an email to: or calling 773.834.1987.

  • David Cortez, Notre Dame University, “Becoming the State: (Im)migration Control and the Weaponization of Brown Bodies,” February 18, 2020
  • Estefanía Vela Barba, Intersecta, Sexual Harassment (Law) in Mexico,” February 25, 2020
  • Alfredo Corchado, Dallas Morning News, Homelands in Trump Era: From the Wall to Remain in Mexico,” March 3, 2020
  • Aurora Gómez, Colegio de México, Tortillas in History: From the Slavery of Metate to the Corn Flour Oligopoly,” March 10, 2020

Fall 2019

All seminars take place in SSRB #224. Please RSVP in advance by sending an email to: or calling 773.834.1987.

  • Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez, Tinker Visiting Professor, “AMLO’s First Year: Between Populism and Pragmatism,” October 22, 2019
  • Jennifer Josten, University of Pittsburgh, “Rethinking Mesoamerican Monumentality, from Midcentury Mexico City to Chicano Los Angeles,” October 29, 2019
  • Zoë Ryan, Art Institute of Chicago, “There is Design in Everything: Six Modernists in Mexico at Midcentury,” November 5, 2019
  • René D. Flores – University of Chicago, “Symbolic Ethnicity? The Re-emergence of Indigeneity in Mexico,” November 12, 2019
  • José Antonio Aguilar Rivera – Fulbright – Katz Visiting Professor, “Democracy in (the Other) America: Tocqueville’s Reception in Latin America,” November 19, 2019 

Spring 2018

Winter 2018

Autumn 2017

Spring 2017

Winter 2017

Autumn 2016

Spring 2016

  • Agustín Escobar Latapí, Director General, CIESAS, “La migración México-Estados Unidos-México más allá de lo laboral,” April 19, 2016
  • Alejandra Leal , CEIICH, UNAM, “Meters vs. Crowds: Technology, Citizenship and (Dis)order in Mexico City,” April 26, 2016
  • Ana Diaz , IIE, UNAM, “Title TBA,” May, 2016

Winter 2016

  • Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, CIDE, “The State of Human Rights in Mexico: Crisis, Challenges, Solutions,” January 12, 2016
  • Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, “Title TBA,” February 2, 2016
  • Emily A. Sellars, Postdoctoral Scholar, The University of Chicago, “Does Emigration Inhibit Political Reform? Evidence from the Mexican Agrarian Movement, 1916-1945,” February 9, 2016
  • Froylán Enciso, Historian, “Narrative for Drug Policy Reform in Mexico,” February 23, 2016
  • Angela S. Garcia, Assistant Professor, The University of Chicago, “Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law,” March 1, 2016

Autumn 2015

  • Gerardo Esquivel Hernandez, El Colegio de México, “Extreme Inequality in Mexico: Concentration of Economic and Political Power,” October 6, 2015
  • Willibald Sonnleitner, Colmex Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, “Title TBA,” October 20, 2015
  • Claudia Agostoni, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, UNAM, “Actors, Strategies and Vaccines: Smallpox Campaigns in Mexico (1920-1952),” November 3, 2015
  • Gerry Cadava, Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, “Latin America and the Conservative Latino Imagination,” November 10, 2015
  • Gustavo Gordillo, Tinker Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Title TBA,” November 17, 2015

Spring 2015

  • Daniela Spenser, Investigadora, CIESAS, “Biografía de Vicente Lombardo Toledo como una ventana sobre la turbulenta historia de México del siglo XX,” April 21, 2015
  • Chad Broughton, Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, “Boom, Bust, Exodus,” April 28, 2015
  • Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Washington University in Saint Louis, “The Golden Age Otherwise: Cosmopolitanism and Mexican Cinema, circa 1950,” May 5, 2015
  • Manuel Barbosa, Retired Federal Judge, “From Undocumented Child to Federal Judge,” May 12 2015

Winter 2015

  • Jose Angel N., Author, “Testimony of an Undocumented Immigrant,” January 20, 2015
  • Paul Liffman, Research Associate, Rice University & Profesor-Investigador, El Colegio de Michoacán, “Megaprojects and Indigenous Territoriality: New Scales, New Publics,” February 17, 2015
  • Antonio Escobar Ohmstede, Profesor-Investigador, CIESAS-D.F. “Oaxaca frente el acceso, manejo y control de sus recursos naturales: los Valles Centrales, 1856 – 1936,” February 24, 2015

Autumn 2014

  • Miriam Pawel, Journalist, author and independent scholar, “Cesar Chavez – Man, Myth, and Legacy,” October 7, 2014
  • Luis Felipe Fabre, Susana Iglesias and Valeria Luiselli, “New Mexican Literary Voices,” October 16, 2014
  • Melissa Dell, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, “Path Dependence in Development: Evidence from the Mexican Revolution,” October 21, 2014
  • Gerry Cadava, Assistant Professor of History, Northwestern University, “Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland,” November 4, 2014
  • Eliseo Medina, Institute of Politics Fellow; Former SEIU International Secretary-Treasurer, “From the Grape Fields of California to the University of Chicago: My Story,” November 11, 2014

Spring 2014

  • Aurora Gómez Galvarriato, Investigadora Asociada, El Colegio de México, “Industry and Revolution: Social and Economic Change in the Orizaba Valley, Mexico,” April 22, 2014
  • Paul Ramírez, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University, “How the Bourbons Vaccinated Mexico,” April 29, 2014
  • Erik Velásquez García, Investigador titular “A”, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la Universidad Autónoma de México, “Imagen y Tiempo en el Arte Maya,” May 6, 2014
  • Rosario Granados, Post-Doctoral Lecturer, Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago, “Remedies for Mexico City: Politics, Aesthetics, and Devotion in a Viceregal Capital,” May 27, 2014
  • Guillermo de la Peña, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) – Occidente, “Social Citizenship and Intercultural Communication: Indigenous Urban Families and the Oportunidades Program,” June 3, 2014

Winter 2014

  • Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American & Latino Culture, Amherst College, “Spanglish and the Changing of America’s Language,” January 28, 2014
  • Pablo Escalante, Profesor, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “El Arte y la liturgia del siglo XVI en la Nueva España. La Política del sincretismo y el bi-culturalismo de la primera sociedad colonial,” February 4, 2014
  • Paulette Levy, Investigador, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “Norman McQuown: A new look at his 1938-1940 Totonac texts. Linguistic documentation ahead of its time?” March 4, 2014
  • John Lopez, Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer, Dept. of Art History, University of Chicago, The Aquatic Metropolis: Mapping Water and Urban Form at Viceregal Mexico City,” March 11, 2014

Autumn 2013

  • David Huerta, Cátedra Cultura de México-Katz Lecturer (CONACULTA), “El Año 1914, October 15, 2013
  • Margaret Chowning, Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley, “Catholic Ladies and Culture Wars: Gender, Church, and Politics in Mexico 1750-1920,” October 22, 2013
  • Christopher Domínguez Michael, Tinker Visiting Professor, University of Chicago, “Escribiendo una Vida de Octavio Paz,” November 12, 2013
  • Lilia Fernández, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University, “Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago,” December 3, 2013