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Fernando Pérez Montesinos

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Email    fperez@history.ucla.edu
Office  5280 Bunche Hall


Ph.D., History (2015), Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

M.A. History (2009), Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

B.A. Communication Studies (2006), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City

Selected Publications

"Geografia, politica y economia del reparto liberal en la meseta purepecha, 1851-1914," Historia Mexicana, 66.4 (April-June 2017): 2073-2149. http://historiamexicana.colmex.mx/index.php/RHM/article/view/3427/3209

"Land, Forest, and Pueblos in the Meseta Purepecha, 1869-1911." In: Jose Galindo, ed., Mexico in Focus: Political, Environmental, and Social Issues (New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2014), 177-196.

"Las raíces locales de la participaci6n indígena en la vida nacional." In: Participaci6n indígena en Los procesos independencia y revolución (Mexico: CDI,2011), 61-76.


Social, economic, and political transformations of Mexico and Latin America in the second half of the nineteenth-century and the early twentieth century, with an emphasis on indigenous people, land tenure, land-use, commodities, and the environment. My current research project focuses on the Purépecha people of Michoacán, Mexico. It examines why and how long-standing patterns of communal landholding changed and delves into the history of railroad expansion and the rise of the timber industry in Mexico.