Presentación de libro: “Muchos Méxicos” Imaginarios históricos sobre México en Estados Unidos”, de Pedro L. San Miguel (México, 2 de mayo de 2018)

Presentación de libro: “‘Muchos Méxicos’. Imaginarios históricos sobre México en Estados Unidos”, de Pedro L. San Miguel
Dirección de Estudios Históricos, INAH
CDMX, 2 de mayo de 2018

J. Justin Castro, Apostle of Progress. Modesto C. Rolland, Global Progressivism, and the Engineering of Revolutionary Mexico

​Apostle of Progress. Modesto C. Rolland, Global Progressivism, and the Engineering of Revolutionary Mexico

J. Justin Castro
Lincoln, NE: Nebraska University Press, 2019.


The Mexican Experience Series

378 pages
38 photographs, 12 illustrations, index

January 2019

January 2019

About the Book

From the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century, Mexico experienced major transformations influenced by a global progressive movement that thrived during the Mexican Revolution and influenced Mexico’s development during subsequent governments. Engineers and other revolutionary technocrats were the system builders who drew up the blueprints, printed newspapers, implemented reforms, and constructed complexity—people who built modern Mexico with an eye on remedying long-standing problems through social, material, and infrastructural development during a period of revolutionary change.

In Apostle of Progress J. Justin Castro examines the life of Modesto C. Rolland, a revolutionary propagandist and a prominent figure in the development of Mexico, to gain a better understanding of the role engineers played in creating revolution-era policies and the reconstruction of the Mexican nation. Rolland influenced Mexican land reform, petroleum development, stadium construction, port advancements, radio broadcasting, and experiments in political economy. In the telling of Rolland’s story, Castro offers a captivating account of the Mexican Revolution and the influence of global progressivism on the development of twentieth-century Mexico.

Author Bio

J. Justin Castro is an assistant professor of history at Arkansas State University. He is the author of Radio in Revolution: Wireless Technology and State Power in Mexico, 1897–1938 (Nebraska, 2016).


“Castro’s Apostle of Progress is a significant achievement. In this compelling biography of the influential engineer Modesto C. Rolland, the author sheds new light on the critical, yet poorly understood role of technological experts in the Mexican Revolution and its aftermath.”—J. Brian Freeman, coeditor of Technology and Culture in Twentieth-Century Mexico
“Justin Castro has produced an extraordinary examination of Mexican revolutionary and post-revolutionary politics through an intriguing, elucidating life-and-times biography of Modesto Rolland, multifaceted engineer, inventor, builder, and media entrepreneur. . . . This biography will intrigue any student of twentieth-century Mexican history, mirroring numerous qualities found in John W. F. Dulles’s classic Yesterday in Mexico.”—Roderic Ai Camp, author of Intellectuals and the State in Twentieth-Century Mexico

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Matters of Perspective
1. Child of the Porfiriato, Child of the Periphery
2. The Reluctant Revolutionary
3. A Mexican Progressive
4. Back to the Periphery
5. War and Peace
6. Transitions
7. Opportunity, Defeat, and the Death of Virginia Garza de Rolland
8. A Stadium for Stridentopolis
9. Mr. Bothersome
10. The Undersecretary
11. Going Big
12. Out of the Ports and into the Hills
Conclusion: Final Thoughts about Modesto Rolland’s Life and Legacy

Book presentation, Matías Romero and the Birth of Mexican Diplomacy (Washington, DC, Thursday April 19, 2018)


by Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)



Thu, April 19, 2018

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


Intercultural Center (ICC), Room 450

Georgetown University

3700 O Street NW

Washington, DC 20057

Hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas (CAROLA).


Matias Romero and the Birth of Mexican Diplomacy

This talk will focus on the life and legacy of Matias Romero, one of the most celebrated diplomats in Mexican history, through the lens of Sergio Silva Castañeda and Graciela Márquez´s latest book, Matías Romero y el oficio diplomático: 1837-1898.

The book unearths a new portrait of Romero, one that depicts a lawyer and diplomat deeply knowledgeable of the United States and of Mexico, trying to fight prejudices on both sides and build bridges in the midst of an extremely unequal relationship . The book also casts Romero as intensely involved in the process of nation-building in Mexico at the same time he helped craft the nascent republic’s foreign policy. Join us and learn of the intimate connection between nation-building and foreign policy, through the gripping tale of Romero’s life.


Alberto Fierro, Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute Casey Lurtz, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University

Moderated by Alvaro Santos, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of Law in the Americas

Sergio Silva Castañeda, PhD

Dr. Silva is the current director of the Undergraduate Program in International Studies at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Previous to this, he was the Program Coordinator for Mexico and Central America at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in Harvard University. His area of expertise/interest includes Latin American History, Political and Economic Development, and U.S.- Latin American relations.

Dr. Silva completed his PhD and Masters in Latin American History at Harvard University. He also has a Bachelor’s in Economics from Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE).

Graciela Márquez, PhD

Dr. Márquez is a Research Professor at El Colegio de México. She holds a Bachelors in Economics from UNAM, a Masters in Economics from El Colegio de México, and a Doctorate in Economic History from Harvard University. She has taught at UNAM, Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Universidad de Guanajuato, and Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. In addition, she was Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago and has given seminars at Harvard and Stanford.

Dr. Márquez belongs to the National Mexican System of Researchers and is the author of several articles on trade policy, industrialization, inequality, and economic development. She has also edited or co-published several books on the Economic History of Mexico and Latin America. Currently, she is on sabbatical at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies of the University of California at San Diego.

Kindly note that lunch will be served at 12PM. If you have any dietary restrictions or require special accommodation, please email clas. A good faith effort will be made to fulfill all requests.

Ana Raquel Minian, Undocumented Lives. The Untold Story of Mexican Migration

Undocumented Lives

The Untold Story of Mexican Migration

Ana Raquel Minian

Product Details


$29.95 • £21.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674737037

Publication: March 2018

* Academic Trade

336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones, 5 maps, 3 graphs, 3 tables


About this Book

In the 1970s the Mexican government acted to alleviate rural unemployment by supporting the migration of able-bodied men. Millions crossed into the United States to find work that would help them survive as well as sustain their families in Mexico. They took low-level positions that few Americans wanted and sent money back to communities that depended on their support. But as U.S. authorities pursued more aggressive anti-immigrant measures, migrants found themselves caught between the economic interests of competing governments. The fruits of their labor were needed in both places, and yet neither country made them feel welcome.

Ana Raquel Minian explores this unique chapter in the history of Mexican migration. Undocumented Lives draws on private letters, songs, and oral testimony to recreate the experience of circular migration, which reshaped communities in the United States and Mexico. While migrants could earn for themselves and their families in the U.S., they needed to return to Mexico to reconnect with their homes periodically. Despite crossing the border many times, they managed to belong to communities on both sides of it. Ironically, the U.S. immigration crackdown of the mid-1980s disrupted these flows, forcing many migrants to remain north of the border permanently for fear of not being able to return to work. For them, the United States became known as the jaula de oro—the cage of gold.

Undocumented Lives tells the story of Mexicans who have been used and abused by the broader economic and political policies of Mexico and the United States.

About the Authors

Ana Raquel Minian is Assistant Professor of History and of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.


Undocumented Lives explores the double exclusion of Mexican men from their respective homes of national belonging—Mexico, by making it impossible for families to subsist without husbands’ and fathers’ migration and remittance; the United States, by exploiting undocumented laborers while forcing them to live in the shadows lest they be deported. This is a deeply humane book that focuses on the lives of migrants who endure and navigate these exclusions.”—Mae Ngai, Columbia University

“A truly impressive accomplishment that combines political and economic analysis with personal narratives of love, loss, and belonging to offer a holistic, deeply humane look at Mexican migration in the late twentieth century. If you read only one book about the roots of immigration debates today, this should be it.”—Geraldo Cadava, author of Standing on Common Ground

“Well-written and gripping, this book rigorously and imaginatively shows us how changes in immigration policy on both sides of the border dramatically affect peoples’ lives. Based on an impressive number of oral histories conducted in both Mexico and the United States, Undocumented Lives is a valuable contribution to the history of both countries and a revelation of the experience of those who can claim neither as home.”—Margaret Chowning, University of California, Berkeley

“An important book that will have an immediate impact on the history and historiography of Mexican migration to the United States in the twentieth century and beyond.”—David G. Gutiérrez, University of California, San Diego

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: From Neither Here nor There
  • 1. An Excess of Citizens
  • 2. “A Population without a Country”
  • 3. The Intimate World of Migrants
  • 4. Normalizing Migration
  • 5. Supporting the Hometown from Abroad
  • 6. The Rights of the People
  • 7. A Law to Curtail Undocumented Migration
  • 8. The Cage of Gold
  • Afterword
  • Appendix A: Note on Sources
  • Appendix B: Queer Migration
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments


Flores, Backroads Pragmatists: Mexico’s Melting Pot and Civil Rights in the United States

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Backroads Pragmatists: Mexico’s Melting Pot and Civil Rights in the United States
Ruben Flores

“Elegantly crafted. . . . Backroads Pragmatists is an outstanding work that has broad application and relevance well beyond its Mexican-U.S. context to scholars of studies of social reform, struggles over national membership, and political formation the world round as well as of borderlands and transnational history. . . . A welcome contribution.”—Hispanic American Historical Review

Backroads Pragmatists is the first examination of the influence of Mexican social reform on the United States. Flores illustrates how postrevolutionary Mexico’s experiments in government and education shaped American race relations from the New Deal through the destruction of Jim Crow.

Full Description, Table of Contents, and More

360 pages | 6 x 9 | 26 illus.

Hardcover | ISBN 978-0-8122-4620-9 | $55.00s | £42.00
Paperback | ISBN 978-0-8122-2414-6 | $24.95s | £18.99
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A volume in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series

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Winner of the 2015 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Book Award

“Elegantly crafted. . . . Backroads Pragmatists is an outstanding work that has broad application and relevance well beyond its Mexican-U.S. context to scholars of studies of social reform, struggles over national membership, and political formation the world round as well as of borderlands and transnational history. . . . A welcome contribution.”—Hispanic American Historical Review

“A tremendously ambitious book, Backroads Pragmatists is uncommonly original and broad in conceptualization and research. The emphasis on ideas and their transnational circulation makes this the most important work on Mexican American civil rights struggles in the last decade.”—Benjamin Johnson, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

“A powerful reminder that the one-way intellectual relationship North Americans often assumed for U.S.-Latin American intellectual relations was simply not the case. The influence of Mexican social reform in the United States promises to be of great interest to scholars in any number of fields, including U.S. and Mexican history as well as borderlands and transnational history.”—Alexander Dawson, Simon Fraser University

Like the United States, Mexico is a country of profound cultural differences. In the aftermath of the Mexican Revolution (1910-20), these differences became the subject of intense government attention as the Republic of Mexico developed ambitious social and educational policies designed to integrate its multitude of ethnic cultures into a national community of democratic citizens. To the north, Americans were beginning to confront their own legacy of racial injustice, embarking on the path that, three decades later, led to the destruction of Jim Crow. Backroads Pragmatists is the first book to show the transnational cross-fertilization between these two movements.

In molding Mexico’s ambitious social experiment, postrevolutionary reformers adopted pragmatism from John Dewey and cultural relativism from Franz Boas, which, in turn, profoundly shaped some of the critical intellectual figures in the Mexican American civil rights movement. The Americans Ruben Flores follows studied Mexico’s integration theories and applied them to America’s own problem, holding Mexico up as a model of cultural fusion. These American reformers made the American West their laboratory in endeavors that included educator George I. Sanchez’s attempts to transform New Mexico’s government agencies, the rural education campaigns that psychologist Loyd Tireman adapted from the Mexican ministry of education, and anthropologist Ralph L. Beals’s use of applied Mexican anthropology in the U.S. federal courts to transform segregation policy in southern California.

Through deep archival research and ambitious synthesis, Backroads Pragmatistsilluminates how nation-building in postrevolutionary Mexico unmistakably influenced the civil rights movement and democratic politics in the United States.

Published in cooperation with the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at Southern Methodist University.

Ruben Flores is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Kansas.

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