Christopher Boyer

Councilor, Research

Christopher Boyer is professor of history and Latin American and Latino studies, and chair of the department of history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches courses on social and environmental history of Modern Mexico and Latin American history generally. He has published widely in English and Spanish. His most recent book, Political Landscapes: Forests, Conservation, and Community in Mexico (Duke University Press) investigates social history of forest management in between 1880 and 2000, with special emphasis on the experiences of Chihuahua and Michoacán. It has won three book awards, including honorable mention for the Bolton-Johnson Award. He has published a volume of environmental histories of modern Mexico titled A Land Between Waters that represents the first binational reflection on Mexican environmental history. His first book, Becoming Campesinos, published in 2003, investigates how Mexico's post-revolutionary land reform influenced campesino political culture in the state of Michoacán during the 1920s and 1930s. He has held Fulbright and NEH fellowships, as well as an Academy Fellowship from Harvard University. He co-edits a University of Arizona Press book series on Latin American environmental