Rick A. López

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor, Amherst College, Department of History & Program in Environmental Studies

 

Education

Ph.D   Yale University , 2001.

B.A.    Amherst College , 1993.

Books

Crafting Mexico: Intellectuals, Artisans & the State after the Revolution (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, Nov. 2010)

Co- edited with Beatriz Canabal, Aline Hemond, et al, Moviendo Montañas: Transformando la Geografía del Poder en el Sur de México (Chilpancingo, Guerrero: Colegio de Guerrero, 2003).

Articles

 “Nature as Subject and Citizen: The Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain (1787-1803)," Environmental Histories of Modern Mexico, edited by Chris Boyer (forthcoming)

“The Noche Mexicana and the Exposition of Popular Art: Two Ways of Exalting Indianness,’” in The Eagle and the Virgin: National Identity, Memory and Utopia in Mexico, 1920-1940, edited by Mary Kay Vaughan and Stephen Lewis (Durham: Duke University Press, 2006). Download PDF

“Forging a Mexican National Identity in Chicago : Mexican Migrants and Hull-House, 1920-1937,” Pots of Promise: Mexicans, Reformers, and the Hull-House Kilns, Chicago , 1920-1940 , edited by Cheryl R. Ganz and Margaret Strobel ( Chicago : University of Illinois-Chicago Press, 2004). Download PDF

“Visiones cartográficas de un Guerrero Bronco, 1791-1940,” in Moviendo Montañas: Transformando la Geografía del Poder en el Sur de México (Chilpancingo, Guerrero: Colegio de Guerrero, 2003). Download PDF

“The India Bonita Contest of 1921 and the Ethnicization of Mexican National Culture,” Hispanic American Historical Review 82(2) (May 2002): 291-328. Download PDF

“The Morrows in Mexico : Nationalist Politics, Foreign Patronage, and the Valorization of Mexican Popular Aesthetics,” in Casa Mañana: The Morrow Collection of Mexican Popular Arts , ed. Susan Danly ( Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2002). Download PDF

Book Reviews

Review of Kristine Ibsen, Maximilian, Mexico, and the Invention of Empire (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010), American Historical Review (forthcoming)

Review of Anna Indych-López, Muralism Without Walls: Rivera, Orozco, and Siqueiros in the United States, 1927-1940 (Pittsburgh University Press, 2009), Hispanic American Historical Review (forthcoming, 2010).

Review of Juan de Recacoechea, Andean Express, translated by Adrian Althoff (NY: Akashic Books, 2009), Amherst Magazine, April 2010. https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/magazine/bookclub/featurehome/review

Review of Patrice Elizabeth Olson, Artifacts of Revolution: Architecture, Society, and Politics in Mexico City, 1920-1940 (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2008) in Hispanic American Historical Review 90(1)(February 2010): 189-191.

Review of Kelley Swarthout, Assimilating the Primitive: Parallel Dialogues on Racial Miscegination in Revolutionary Mexico (New York: Peter Lang, 2004), in Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History 63(1)(2006): 172-174.

Review of Mark Thurner and Andrés Guerrero, eds., After Spanish Rule: Postcolonial Predicaments of the Americas ( Durham : Duke University Press, 2003), Americas: A Quarterly Review of Inter-American Cultural History 61(2)(2004): 267-268.

Review of Helena Simonett, Banda: Mexican Musical Life Across Borders ( Middletown , CT : Wesleyan University Press, 2001), in Hispanic American Historical Review 84(2)(May 2004): 363-364.

Review of Thomas Benjamin, La Revolución: Mexico 's Great Revolution as Memory, Myth and History ( Austin : University of Texas Press , 2000) in Hispanic American Historical Review 81(2)(May 2001): 398-399.

Review of Jeffrey Pilcher, ¡Que vivan los tamales! Food and the Making of Mexican Identity (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998) in Hispanic American Historical Review 79(4)(November 1999): 767-8.

Manuscripts in Progress

Science, Nationalism, and Aesthetics in the Shaping of Mexico’s Environmental Imagination (book monograph in progress).

Fascism á la Mejicana: Doctor Atl and his Network of Radical Nationalist Ideology (monograph in progress).

 

Distinctions

Faculty Research Award (FRAP), Amherst College, 2009.

J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art & the Humanities, 2005-2006.

Class of 1952 Dean Eugene S. Wilson Faculty Development Fellowship, 2005.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, National Research Council (declined), 2005.

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship (alternate), 2005

Faculty Research Award (FRAP), Amherst College, 2005.

Presidential Initiative grant to create the Interdisciplinary Study of Latin American Environmental History Curricular Project, Amherst College, 2004.

James Alexander Robertson Prize for Best article, American Historical Association (AHA) and Conference on Latin American History (CLAH), 2002.

Best Dissertation Prize by the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), 2002.

Copeland Fellow in Residence, Amherst College, 2001.

Awarded highest rank of “Distinguished” for dissertation, Yale University, 2001.

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, National Research Council, 2000.

Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC-IDRF), 1999.

Fulbright-García Robles Dissertation Research Fellowship, 1998-1999.

Visiting Researcher, Centro de Estudios Históricos, El Colegio de México, 1998-1999.

Henry Hart Rice Research Fellowship, 1998.

Awarded highest rank of “Distinguished” for all three examination fields, Yale University, 1998.

Yale University Teaching Fellowship, 1997-1998.

Chace Fellowship, 1997-1998.

Yale Council for International & Area Studies Research Grant, 1997.

Yale Program in Agrarian Studies Preliminary Field Research Grant, 1996-1997.

Mellon Foundation Language Study Grant, 1996.

Smith-Richardson Fellowship, Yale International Security Council, 1996.

Forris Jewett Moore Fellowship, 1995-1998.

Amherst Memorial Fellowship (for postgraduate study), 1995-1998.

Yale University Fellowship, 1995-1998.

Dorothy Danforth Compton Fellowship, 1995-1998.

Anna Baker Heap Award for Best Art History Thesis, Amherst College; title: “In Search of a Relevant Art Form: Chicano Muralists of the Mission District, San Francisco.”

Amherst College Field Research Grant, 1992.

Scholarly Presentations

"Researching Writing, and Teaching about Violence,” Mexican Studies Committee Meeting, January 2010.

“Turning Your Dissertation into a Book,” Presidential Roundtable, Annual Meeting of the Conference on Latin American History, January 2010.

“Visualizing Nature, Empire, and Nation in the Mexican Botanical Garden, 1787-1821,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, January 2010.

“Nature as Subject and Citizen in the Mexican Imagination (1787-1829),” Cornell University, 19 October 2009.

“Mexico’s Historical Odyssey: In Search of Democracy and Development,” Greenfield Community College, 16 October 2009.

“Natural History and National Identity in the Mexican Botanical Garden (1787-1829),” Yale University, 5 June 2009.

“Natural History and National Identity in the Mexican Botanical Garden (1787-1821),” Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History, Tallahassee, FL, forthcoming March 2009.

“Transnational Markets, the National State and Local Power Struggles: The Laqueros of Olinalá, 1940-1970s," panel title: "Identity, Nation, and Beyond: A Comparison of Ethnicity and Political Activism in 20th-Century Mexico and Guatemala," Annual Meeting of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), Providence, RI, forthcoming October 2008.

“Empire, Nation, and Nature in the New World: The Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain,” American Historical Association/Conference on Latin American History, Washington, DC, 4 January 2008.

 “A New Beginning: US-Mexico Relations,” Foreign Policy Association, Northampton, MA, 6 April 2007.

“Empire, Nation, and Nature in the New World: The Royal Botanical Expedition to New Spain (1787-1803),” New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY, 11 November 2006.

Commentator, Panel on Race and Empire, Conference on History and Power Across American Borders, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 4 November 2006.

“Drink of Empire,” World Fellowship Center, Conway, NH, 19 August 2006.

“National Culture and Local Struggles in Postrevolutionary Mexico,” Conference sponsored by the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) at the London School of Economics and Political Science, 29 March 2006.

“Chocolate: Taste of Empire,” Historic Deerfield Museum, Deerfield, MA, 11 February 2006.

“National Integration and the Aesthetics of Authenticity,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA), 7 January 2006.

“Regimes of Representation of Space and Culture in Postrevolutionary National Integration,”  presented at Social Histories of Space in Latin America research workshop, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 22-23 October 2005.

“Historicizing Indianness in 20th Century Mexican National Culture,” Annual meeting of Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Las Vegas , forthcoming October 2004.

“Discovering the People and Forging the Nation, 1920-1930s,” Yale Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Yale University, 8 April 2004.

“Mexican National Integration Across Borders: Mexican Americans in Chicago , 1920s-1930s,” Annual Conference of the Organization of American Historian (OAH), March 2004, Boston , 26 March 2004 .

“Modern Flappers and Traditional Indians: Constructing a Postrevolutionary Mexican National Identity,” Department of History, Yale University , 25 March 2004 .

“New Directions in the Study of Latin American History,” (presented jointly with Lowell Gudmundson, Mt Holyoke College), Five-College Latin American Studies, Five-College Center , 5 March 2004 .

“The Road to Olinalá: Violence, Aesthetics, and Markets in the Integration of the Mexican Peasantry, 1890-1970,” Amherst College Faculty Research Colloquium, 5 November 2003 .

“Modern Flappers and Traditional Indians: Policing the Female Body in 1920s Mexico ,” Five-College Women's Studies Center , Mount Holyoke College , 9 October 2003 .

“Forjando la Patria en Chicago ,” Annual Meeting of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), 29 March 2003 .

“Forging a Mexican National Identity in Chicago , 1920-40,” Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association (AHA), 3 January 2003 .

“Hull-House Artisans and the Promotion of Crafts in Mexico after the Revolution,” conference paper presented at “Hull-House and the Chicago Cultural Front, 1930-1945,” University of Illinois , Chicago , 12-13 April 2002.

“Mexican Migrants in Chicago and the Formation of a Postrevolutionary Mexican National Culture,” Annual meeting of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), Chicago, IL, March 27-30 2002.

“Intellectuals, Artists, and the State in the Discovery of ‘Indian' Mexico , 1910-1940s," Panel: Indigenismo, Race, and Public Policy in Mexico and the Andes , 1920s-1940s, Annual Meeting of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), Salem , MA , 3 November 2001 .

Research talk, Copeland Fellows Colloquium, Amherst College , MA , 10 May 2001 .

“The India Bonita Contest of 1921 and the Ethnicization of Mexican National Culture,” New Latino Scholars Lecture Series, SUNY-Stony Brook, 6 March 2001

“Visiones cartográficas de un Guerrero Bronco, 1791-1940,” Moviendo Montañas: Transformando la Geografía del Poder en el Sur de México (“Cartographic Visions of Unruly Guerrero, 1791-1940, Moving Mountains: Transforming the Geography of Power in Southern Mexico), Acapulco, Mexico, 27 March 2001.

"Local Struggles, National Culture, and Global Economics: Metropolitan Collectors and Olinaltecan Artisans in the Promotion of Mexican Popular Arts, 1914-1930s," Annual Meeting of the New England Council of Latin American Studies (NECLAS), Amherst, MA, 14 October 2000.

“All the Good of the Nation': Indigenous Beauty in the Forging of a Mexican Postrevolutionary National Identity,” Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conference in Latin American History, University of Chicago , 14 April 2000 .

Presentation of dissertation research method and theory, Social Science Research Council Fellows Conference, Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada , 4 January 2000 .

“Lo más mexicano de México: The India Bonita Contest of 1921 and the Cultural Politics of Postrevolutionary Mexico,” X Conference of Mexican and North American Historians: Migrations in North American, Fort Worth , TX , 20 November 1999 .

“Aproximaciones al estudio de nacionalismo y identidad mexicana [Approaches to the Study of Mexican Nationalism and National Identity],” V Congreso de Historia Regional y Local, Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela, 24 October 1998.

“Modernist Aesthetics and Mexican Folk Art: Ambassador Dwight Morrow in Mexico ,” Mead Art Museum , Amherst , MA , 10 March 1998 .

Colloquium Commentator, Center for Agrarian Studies, Yale University , 1997.

“Consuming Cultural Space: American Representations of Mexican Urban Spaces, 1925-1930,” conference title: “Tales of the City: The Urban Center and its Place in History,” Princeton University , 4 October 1996 .

“Chicano Art: 1968-Present,” Chamizal National Memorial, El Paso , TX , 25 May 1995 .

“A History of Chicano Art ,” El Paso Museum of Art , El Paso , TX , 16 July 1995 .

Professional Activities

Chair, Mexican Studies Committee, Conference of Latin American History, 2010-2011.

Mellon 23 Grant workshop participant. “Collaborative workshop on Nature, Race, and Ethnicity: Curriculum and Pedagogy” (coordinated by Kathy Morse and Susan Burch of Middlebury College), 2010-2011.

Co-chair, Agrarian and Rural Studies, Latin American Studies Association, Toronto, 2010.

Co-organizer (with Mark Overmyer-Velazquez of the University of Connecticut and Gilbert Joseph of Yale University). Conference title: “Nuevas Fronteras: New Trends and Transformations in Modern Mexican History,” with a focus on the methodological and conceptual frameworks shaping new directions in the study of culture and politics of Mexico. Yale University, May 2009, with major funding from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clark Kempf Fund.

Chair, Five-College Latin American Studies Coordinating Council, 2008-2009.

Executive Council Member, New England Conference of Latin American Studies, 2008-2009.

Organized a three day conference and workshop on Latin American Environmental History. Participants, other than myself: John Soluri, Cynthia Radding, Lise Sedrez, Myrna Santiago, Chris Boyer, and Emily Wakild, January 2007.

Amherst College Representative, Five-College Latin American Studies Coordinating Council, 2002-2005.

Co-organized a US Latino Studies Lecture series, created as part of an initiative to found a Latin American/US Latino Studies Program at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2002-2003.

Co-organized an international interdisciplinary conference on violence and political marginalization in Southern Mexico. Conference title: “Moviendo Montañas: Transformando la Geografía del Poder en el Sur de México (Moving Mountains: Transforming the Geography of Power in Southern Mexico),” Acapulco, Guerrero, México, March 2001. Major funding provided by the Hewlett Foundation.

Department of History
23 Chapin Hall — Amherst College — Amherst, MA
(413) 542.5846 — ralopez@amherst.edu