John Lear

History and Latin American Studies

John Lear’s research and teaching interests include Mexico, Chile, Cuba, post-independence Latin America, comparative labor and urban history, cultural politics, gender and social movements. His newest book, Representing Workers: Artists, Unions and the State in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, 1908–1940 (Fall 2016) considers relations between artists, workers, and unions during this period. His first co-authored book, Chile’s Free-Market Miracle: A Second Look (1995), examined neo-liberal policies in Chile. He also wrote Workers, Neighbors and Citizens: The Revolution in Mexico City (2001), which explored urban mobilization in the Mexican Revolution. Lear has published articles about recent and past swings to the political left in Latin America. Ahead of the warming of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, he co-wrote an opinion piece in The Seattle Times urging such a change. Lear teaches Colonial Latin America, Modern Latin America, The United States and Latin America, Modern Mexico, History and Film: Latin American, and Comparative Latin American Revolutions. He speaks Spanish and some Portuguese.


B.A., Harvard University, 1982; M.A., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1986, 1993

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