Alexander Aviña received his B.A. in History at Saint Mary's College of California (2002) and his Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of Southern California (2009). He has conducted field research in Mexico, primarily in Mexico City and the state of Guerrero, funded by the University of Southern California and a Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship. His specialization is Modern Mexico with an emphasis on rural social movements and politics, post-1940 Mexico and the Cold War, and peasant politics. He has two forthcoming essays to be published in edited volumes that focus on Guerrero's peasant guerrillas of the 1960s and 70s and state terrorism in Guerrero. He is currently revising his dissertation, "Insurgent Guerrero: Genaro Vázquez, Lucio Cabañas and the Guerrilla Challenge to the Postrevolutionary Mexican State, 1960-1996," into book manuscript form.
Dr. Aviña will teach undergraduate courses on Mexico and Latin American Revolutions in the upcoming year.