JOHN LEAR
History Department  CMB 1033
University of Puget Sound
1500 N. Warner, Tacoma, WA 98416
office: (253) 876-2792/ home: (253) 617-0818
email: lear@ups.edu



EDUCATION
Ph.D. History, University of California-Berkeley, 1993
M.A. History, University of California-Berkeley, 1986
B.A. History and Literature, Harvard University, 1982, Magna cum laude        
                    
RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Mexico, Chile, Cuba, post-independence Latin America. Comparative labor and urban history, cultural politics, gender and social movements

Current book project: “Representing Labor: Artists, Workers and Unions in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, 1920-1948”
 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. Full Professor, Latin American history, Fall 2005 to present.
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. Associate Professor, Latin American history, Fall 1999 to Spring 2005.
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington. Assistant Professor, Latin American history, Fall 1993 to Spring 1999.
Pacific Lutheran University-University of Puget Sound semester program in Oaxaca, Mexico, On-site director, Fall 2007.
Universidad de Granada, Spain. On-site director, ILACA program, Spring 2003
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico City. Masters program in History, Spring 1997 as a Fulbright Scholar.
University of California-Berkeley, Teaching Assistant and Associate, 1986-1988.


Current Courses  

History Department Courses
History 280     Colonial Latin America    
History 281     Modern Latin America        
History 380     Modern Mexico
History 381     History and Film: Latin America    
History 382      Comparative Latin American Revolutions    
History 385     Cities, Workers and Social Movements in Latin America
History 400D    Research Seminar in Historical Methods


Non-departmental Courses
LAS   100    Introduction to Latin American Studies
LAS   111       Soccer, Samba and Salsa: Latin American Popular Culture
LAS 387    Art and Revolution in Latin America

Non-Puget Sound Courses
History of Mexico/Oaxaca, PLU-UPS semester program in Oaxaca, Fall 2007
    Spanish Conquest, Settlement, and the World of the “Other” in Moorish Spain
     and Mexico, Universidad de Granada, Spain, Spring 2003
Latin American Urban History, Graduate course, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Spring, 1997

PUBLICATIONS

Books
Workers, Neighbors and Citizens: The Revolution in Mexico City, University of Nebraska Press, 2001.
Chile's Free-Market Miracle: A Second Look, Oakland: Food First Books,
    1995  (co-authored with Joseph Collins).

Articles and Book Chapters
“Representing Workers: Artists and Unions in the Mexican Revolution,” article forthcoming in Third Text.
'"¡No vamos a la Revolución!": Civilians as Revolucionarios and Revolucionados in the Mexican Revolution,' in Latin America from the Wars of Independence to the Drug Wars, edited by Pedro Santoni, Greenwood Publishing, 2008.
"Latin America's RE-turn to the Left: A Historical Perspective." In Latinamerikas: Chávez, Morales, Bachelet... Was Bringt Ihre Politik?, edited by Veronika Schanderl et al, Meidenbauer, Passau, 2008.
"La revolución en blanco, negro y rojo: arte, política y obreros en los inicios del periódico El Machete." in Signos Históricos, num. 19, enero-junio 2007, 108-147.
 “El trabajador cualificado en la ciudad de México en los años de la revolución,” in En el nombre del oficio; El trabajador especializado: corporativismo, adaptación y protesta, editors Vicent Sanz Rozalén and José Piqueras Arenas, Universidad Jaume I, 2005.
“Retiring on the Free Market: Chile’s Privatized Social Security, 20 Years After” in NACLA: Report on the Americas, January, 2002.
"Revolutionary Politics and Popular Classes: Mexico City 1911-22," in Cities of Hope and Despair: People, Protests and Progress in Urbanizing Latin America, 1870-1930, edited by Ronn Pineo and James Baer, Westview Press 1998.
“The Trajectory of Latin American Urban History,” Introductory essay in special issue on Latin American cities, Journal of Urban History, March 1998 (coauthored with Diego Armus).
“La XXVI Legislatura y los trabajadores de la ciudad de México (1912-1913)” in Poder Legislativa en las Décadas Revolucionarias, Instituto Nacional de Estudios de la Revolución and in Secuencias, Instituto Mora, Mexico City, July 1998.
"Del mutualismo a la resistencia: las organizaciones laborales en la Ciudad de Mexico desde fines del porfiriato a la Revolucion" in Carlos Illades y Ariel Rodriguez Kuri (eds.). Ciudad de México: instituciones, actores sociales y conflicto político, 1774-1931. Mexico: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-El Colegio de Michoacan 1997.
"Mexico City: Space and Class in the Porfirian Capital (1884-1910),"  Journal of Urban History, May 1996.
"Working in Chile's Free Market,"  Latin American Perspectives, Issue 84, Vol. 22:1,  Winter 1995, pp. 10-29 (co-authored with Joseph Collins).
"Free Market Miracle or Myth? Chile's Neo-Liberal Experiment," The Ecologist, October 1996.
"Chile's Privatization Experience,"  Multinational Monitor (co-authored with Joseph Collins), May 1991.

Other
Book review, Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National Identity, by John Mraz. The Americas, October 2010.
Book review, Revolution within the Revolution: Cotton Textile Workers and the Mexican Labor Regime, 1910-1923, by Jeffrey Bortz. A Contracorriente, Vol. 7, No. 2, Winter 2010.
Book review, The Sausage Rebellion: Public Health, Private Enterprise, and Meat in Mexico City, 1890-1917, by Jeffrey Pilcher, The Historian, March 22, 2009
Book Review, Deference and Defiance in Monterrey : Workers, Paternalism, and Revolution in Mexico, 1890-1950, by Michael Snodgrass, English Historical Review, 2006 CXXI(492): 881-883.
Book Review, Victims of the Chilean Miracle: Workers and Neoliberalism in the Pinochet Era, 1973-2002, editor Peter Winn, American Historical Review, October 2005
Book Review, Working Women in Mexico City: Public Discourses and Material Conditions, 1879-1931, by Susie Porter, The Americas 61.4 (2005) 754-755
Book Review, Monuments of Progress: Modernization and Public Health in Mexico City, 1876-1910, by Claudia Agostoni, American Historical Review, December 2004.
Book Review, Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground, by Julia E. Sweig, Americas, (60: 4, April 2004).
Book Review, Labors Appropriate to Their Sex: Gender, Labor, and Politics in Urban Chile, 1900-1930 by Elizabeth Quay Hutchison, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, (57:2, January, 2004).
Book Review, Vagrants and Citizens: Politics and the Masses in Mexico City from Colony to Republic, by Richard Warren, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, (9:1, July 2003)
Book Review, !Viva Mexico! Viva La Independencia! Celbrations of September 16, edited by William H. Beezley and David E. Lorey, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 8:1, July 2002.
Book Review, Integral Outsiders: The American colony in Mexico City, 1876-1911, by William Schell Jr., Hispanic American Historical Review, 82.2 (2002).
Guest Editor, Special issue on Latin American cities, Journal of Urban History, March 1998.
Book Review, A Peaceful and Working People by William French  in the Hispanic American Historical Review, Spring 1998.
Entry, on the Mexican workers' organization the Casa del Obrero Mundial, for the Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society & Culture,1998.
Manuscript Referee for Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Journal of Urban History, Journalism History, Signos, Urban History  and university presses.

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION AND KEYNOTES
Papers and Keynotes
“Artistas, Sindicatos y la Domesticación de Labor en 40s,” Reunion de Historiadores de México, Estados Unidos y Canadá in Querétaro, Mexico, October 2010.
“Representando Obreros: Artistas y Sindicatos en la Revolución Mexicana,” Consejo Europeo de Investigaciones Sociales sobre América Latina, Toulouse, France, June 30-July 3, 2010.
Keynote:“Historical Vision of the Left in Latin America,” International Colloquium on Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America and Brazil, Escola Superior de Procuradora Geral de Estado de Sao Paolo, Sao Paolo, Brazil, June 16, 2009.
 “Representing Labor: Artists, Workers and Unions in 1930s Mexico,” International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in Rio de Janeiro, June 2009.
“Representing Labor: Artists, Workers and Unions in Mexico in the 1930s,” Annual Conference of the Labor and Working-Class History Association, Chicago, May 28-31, 2009.
“La Brocha y el Martillo: state-sponsored educational projects for workers and artists in Mexico City in the 1920s,” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies Flagstaff, Arizona, April 9 - April 12, 2008.
 “Representing Labor: Artists, Workers and Unions in the 1920s,” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jan. 24-27, 2007.
Keynote presentation, “Latin America’s RE-turn to the Left: A Historical Perspective,” at the conference ¿LatINameriKaS? Chávez, Morales, Bachelet… where are they leading Latin America?,” University of Passau, Passau, Germany, June 1-3, 2007.
Roundtable: “Speaking for the Nation: A Dialogue of Rural and Urban Approaches to Modern Mexico,” Conference on Latin American History at the American Historical Association conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 4-7, 2007.
Keynote: “Latin America’s Leftward Lean—A Historian’s Reflections on the Past, Present and Future” Annual Workshop of the Northwest International Education Association, South Sound Community college, Olympia, WA, May 5, 2006.
“Cuba, the U.S, and the Last Cold War,” University of Passau, Passau, Germany, June 27, 2006.
“¡No vamos a la Revolución!”: Civilians as Revolucionarios and Revolucionados in the Mexican Revolution,” International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 15-18, 2006.
“La Revolución en Blanco, Negro y Rojo: Arte y Política alrededor del periódico El Machete.” Seminar, Historia Social de México en los siglos XIX y XX, UAM-Iztapalapa- IIH-UABJO, Oaxaca, Mexico, May 5-6, 2005.
Keynote: “Laboring in Neo-liberal Latin America,” Union Leadership Institute of the American Federation of Teachers-Washington, Tacoma, Feb. 4, 2005.
“The Revolution in Black, White and Red: Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and El Machete.” Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 10-13, 2004.
“Market and State/Ballots and Bullets: Cycles and Patterns in Modern Latin American History,” Classroom on the World, World Affairs Council Tacoma, January 2005.
 “El trabajador calificado de la ciudad de México en los años de la revolución.” Fourth International colloquium on social history, Benicássim-Castellón, Spain, October 1-3,
2003.
“The Mexican Revolution in Black and White? The Early Murals of Diego Rivera
    and José Clemente Orozco.” Daedalus presentation, University of Puget
    Sound, February 21, 2001.
"Riots and Popular Politics in Mexico City during the Revolution." Canadian Historical Association, May 30-31, 1998 in Ottawa, Canada.
“A Fox in the Palace and Rebels in the Plaza: The Battle for the New Mexico,” Summer Institute: Internationalizing the Curriculum, Tacoma Community College, June 18-22, 2001.
“Crouching Tiger: The Chilean Economy and Society a Decade after Military Rule,” Summer Institute: Internationalizing the Curriculum, Tacoma Community College, June 18-22, 2001.
Panel Presentations on Current Events, Revolutions and Comparative Social Systems in Latin America, Summer Institute: Internationalizing the Curriculum, Tacoma Community College, June 17-19, 2000.
"The 26th Mexican Congress and the Workers of Mexico City (1912-1913),"  Conference  "Legislative Power in the Revolutionary Decades, 1908-1929," sponsored by the National Institute of Historical Studies of the Mexican Revolution (INEHRM) in Mexico City, August 9,1996.
"New Approaches to Mexican Labor History," Conference "Mexican Labor in Transition," Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, April 18-19, 1996.
"Rethinking Space, Class and Gender in Mexican Labor History," Workshop presentation at the Mexico Center of the University of Chicago, March 15, 1996.
"From Mutualism to Resistance: Labor Organizations in Mexico City from the late Porfiriato to the Revolution,"  IX Southern Labor Studies Conference, University of Texas at Austin,  October 26-29, 1995.
"Women, Work and Urban Mobilization during the Mexican Revolution," International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Atlanta, Georgia,   March 10-12, 1994, and a revised version given at the  Latin American Labor Studies Conference, Duke University, April 10-11, 1994.       
"Revolutionary Politics and Popular Classes: Mexico City 1911-22," International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Los Angeles, September 1992.
"Labor and Community in Mexico City," Center for US-Mexican Studies, UCSD, Research Seminar on Mexico, May 6, 1992.


Chair/Discussant
Discussant, “Visions of Rebels: Hope and the Continuum of Protest from the Porfiriato through the 20th Century, “ at the International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Las Vegas, October 7-10, 2004.
Discussant, “Urban Resistance and Local Autonomy in Modern Mexico,” American Historical Association Pacific Coast Branch, August 9-12, 2001.
Chair and Discussant, “Rural-Urban Migrations during the Porfiriato,” X Conference of Mexican and North American Historians, Fort Worth, Texas, November 19-22, 1999.
Chair and discussant, “Re-imagining the Nation in Post-Revolutionary Mexico” Canadian Association of Latin American Studies, March 19-21 1998,  Vancouver, Canada.
Chair and discussant, "Internal Migration and Labor Militancy in Mexico,"  IX Southern Labor Studies Conference, University of Texas at Austin,  October 26-29, 1995.
Chair and discussant, "Reworking Mexican Society: Urban Women, 1900-1940." at  the  International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association, Washington, D.C., September 28-31, 1995.

HONORS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Distinguished Professor, 2010-2015, University of Puget Sound
Lantz Sabbatical Award, 2006-2007
Martin Nelson Summer Research Award, University of Puget Sound, Summer 2004.
Graves Award in the Humanities, Pomona College, 2000
Fulbright Scholar Research/Teaching award, Mexico, Spring 1997
Martin Nelson Junior Sabbatical, University of Puget Sound, Fall 1996
Finalist for the 1995 Harry Chapin Media Awards for Books, for Chile’s Free-Market Miracle
Martin Nelson Summer Research Award, University of Puget Sound, Summer 1995
Visiting Research Fellowship, Center for US-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego (1991-92)
UC-Berkeley History Department Dissertation Write-up Fellowship, 1990-91.
Inter-American Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (1989-90)
Organization of American States Research Fellowship (1989)
Fulbright IIE Fellowship (declined 1988)
Bancroft Library Research Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley (1987-1988)
Humanities Graduate Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley (1987)
Center for Latin American Studies Graduate Student Research Grant, University of California, Berkeley (1986)
History Department, University of California, Berkeley, Heller Fellowship (1984)
 
RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Spring 1997.
Colégio de México, Mexico City, Spring 1997.
Center for US-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego (1991-92).
Departamento de Estudios Históricos,  Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México (1990).
Exchange Scholar, Harvard University, History, 1985.

Advisory Boards
Editorial board, journal Signos Históricos, Mexico City.
Advisory council, Urban Studies program of the Autonomous Metropolitan University-Azcapotzalco (in Mexico City).
Evaluation Committee, special edition on urban history of the French-Mexican journal Trace, 39, June 2002.

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
American Historical Association
Conference on Latin American History
Latin American Studies Association

OTHER RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT

Ford Foundation, Lima, Peru. Staff Assistant for urban and
rural poverty programs (Summer 1987).

Institute for Food and Development Policy, San Francisco.
Research Affiliate. (1984-1994).

Other employment includes journalism, travel guide writing, translation, restaurant, agricultural and factory work.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Fluent Spanish, Good French, Fair Portuguese