Professor of History and Chair of the Department
Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies
curriculum vitae (.doc)
Christopher Boyer is Professor of History and Latin American and Latino Studies. He teaches classes on modern Mexican history, Latin American studies, and environmental history, with an occasional foray into anthropology.
Professor Boyer's scholarship is located at the crossroads of the social and environmental history of Modern Mexico. He is currently finishing a book called Political Landscapes: Forests, Communities, and Resource Management in Modern Mexico that looks at the conflicts and alliances between forestry experts and indigenous communities in Mexican forests over the past 120 years. It will be published by Duke University Press in 2013; work for that project was supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the UIC Institute for the Humanities. He recently released an edited volume called A Land Between Waters that highlights recent research on Mexican environmental history.
His articles have appeared in the Latin American Historical Review, Historia Mexicana, the American Historical Review, and several edited volumes published in the United States and Mexico. He is co-editor with Lise Sedrez (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) of a University of Arizona Press book series on Latin American environmental history. His first book, Becoming Campesinos: Politics, Identity, and Agrarian Struggle in Postrevolutionary Michoacán, was published by Stanford University Press in 2003 and explains how the Mexican land reform influenced rural political culture in the 1920s and 1930s.