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Paul Gillingham

Professor of History

DPhil, Oxon, 2006
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  Latin American and Caribbean History

Thematic Field(s):  Political and Policy History; Legal and Criminal History; War and Empire in History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Latin American History. Social History, Modern Mexico


Paul Gillingham (DPhil, Oxon, 2006) specializes in politics, culture and violence in modern Mexico, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on these subjects. His most recent book is Unrevolutionary Mexico: The Birth of a Strange Dictatorship (2021). His first book, Cuauhtémoc’s Bones: Forging National Identity in Modern Mexico (2011), was awarded the Conference on Latin American History’s Mexican history prize. Gillingham is the co-editor of Dictablanda: Politics, Work, and Culture in Mexico, 1938-1968 (2014), Journalism, Satire, and Censorship in Mexico (2018), and the Violence in Latin American History series at the University of California Press. He has translated Oscar Altamirano’s monograph on Edgar Allen Poe, Poe: The Trauma of an Era (2017) and is currently writing a history of Mexico since 1511. He directs the Mexican Intelligence Digital Archives project (MIDAS), an open access collection of documents from Mexico’s security agencies at

Affiliated Programs



Selected Articles & Book Chapters

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Courses

  • HIS 103-6-21: A Beginner’s Guide to Forgery.
  • HIS 200-0-26: The End of Citizenship. 
  • HIS 260-2-1: History of Latin America in the Modern Period, c.1789 to the Present.
  • HIS 300-0-26: New Lectures in History: People and Power in Modern Mexico.
  • HIS 300-0-26: New Lectures in History: Revolution and Empire in Cuba.
  • HIS 300-0-26: Mexico: Five Centuries.
  • HIS 300-0-26: Revolution and Empire in Cuba.

Graduate Courses

  • HIS 405-0-22: Seminar in Historical Analysis: Revolution.