BIO

Matthew Rothwell

Above: in El Alto, Bolivia Summer 2010

Matthew Rothwell studies the influence of the Chinese Revolution in Latin America and the history of communism in Latin America more generally. His research uses oral history interviews and archival sources from Mexico, Peru and Bolivia to understand the ways in which activists, intellectuals and guerrilla fighters across the globe found meaning in communist ideology and through their actions shaped the meanings that international communism would hold for their contemporaries and for later generations. This includes, but is not limited to, investigating how international networks functioned, the processes of idea transmission, and the ways in which local actors adapted Marxist ideas to local conditions that differed tremendously from the conditions in which those ideas were born. His work stands at the intersection of Latin American social history, the intellectual history of the global 1960s and the history of Chinese foreign relations.

Fluent in Spanish and Finnish, as well as his native English, he has lived in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Finland. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009, and now is an assistant professor of history at Texas Southern University. He regularly teaches classes which situate Latin America within the global context of the Cold War and the 1960s, as well as surveys of Latin American and global history.

 



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Education
University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD, 2009
Dissertation: "Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Chinese Revolution in Latin America"
Dissertation Committee: Christopher Boyer (co-chair), Bruce Calder (co-chair), Nils Jacobsen, Javier Villa Flores, James Searing

University of Illinois at Chicago, MA, History, 2003

Northeastern Illinois University, BA, History, 1998

Research Interests
Chinese-Latin American Relations, 1500-present
Revolutionary Movements in Latin America
Cold War in Latin America
The Global 1960s

Academic Experience
Instructor, Department of History, International College Beijing (University of Colorado at Denver/China Agricultural University), spring 2016
Assistant Professor, Department of History & Geography, Texas Southern University, fall 2012–spring 2014
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2009–spring 2012
Instructor, Loyola University Chicago, fall 2008
Instructor, University of Illinois at Chicago, spring 2005

Publications
Book:
Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Chinese Revolution in Latin America (New York: Routledge, 2013).

Articles and Book Chapters:
"Secret Agent for International Maoism: José Venturelli, Chinese Informal Diplomacy and Latin American Maoism" in Radical Americas no. 1, December 2016.

"Metodología para el análisis de la historia inmediata" and "La Revolución China y Latinoamérica: El impacto de redes comunistas globales en movimientos sociales y grupos guerrilleros latinoamericanos" in Resquicios (Cochabamba, Bolivia), enero 2013.

"The Chinese Revolution and Latin America: The Impact of Global Communist Networks on Latin American Social Movements and Guerrilla Groups" in World History Connected, October 2010.

"Influencia de la Revolución China en América Latina: México, Perú y Bolivia" in Fuentes: Revista de la Biblioteca y Archivo Histórico de la Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional (La Paz, Bolivia), agosto 2010.

"Transpacific Solidarities: A Mexican Case Study on the Diffusion of Maoism in Latin America" in The Cold War in Asia: The Battle for Hearts and Minds, Zheng Yangwen, Hong Liu and Michael Szonyi, eds., Brill, 2010.

"Revolucionarios transpacíficos: La creación del maoísmo latinoamericano" in Retornos: Revista de Historia y Ciencias Sociales (La Paz, Bolivia), 2009.

"Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Creation of Latin American Maoism" in New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness, Karen Dubinsky, Catherine Krull, Susan Lord, Sean Mills, and Scott Rutherford, eds., Between the Lines, 2009.

Book Reviews:
Steven Saxonberg, Transitions and Non-Transitions from Communism: Regime Survival in China, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam. Choice, February 2014.

René De la Pedraja, Wars of Latin America, 1948-1982: The Rise of the Guerrillas. Choice, February 2014.

John Gledhill and Patience A. Schell, editors, New Approaches to Resistance in Brazil and Mexico. Canadian Journal of History, forthcoming.

Samantha Christiansen and Zachary A. Scarlett, The Third World in the Global 1960s. Choice, forthcoming.

Encyclopedia Entries:
"Grenada," "Javier Pérez de Cuellar," "Peru," and "Third World" in Encyclopedia of the Cold War, MTM Publishing, 2008.

"Iran-Contra Affair," "Iranian Hostage Crisis" and "Socialism: Socialism, Anarchism, and Communism in East Asia" in Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Presentations
(* indicates invited lecture)

"The Chinese Revolution and Latin America: Global Communist Networks and the Creation of Latin American Maoism." Presented at the Radical Americas Conference, University College London, January 28-29, 2013.

"How Did Maoism Get to Latin America? Latin American Agency and Chinese Informal Diplomacy." Presented at the American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6, 2013.

* "La revolución china y Latinoamérica: El impacto de redes comunistas globales en movimientos sociales y grupos guerrilleros latinoamericanos." Presented at the Congreso Internacional de Historia Inmediata: "De la Doctrina de Seguridad Nacional al Cambio Social del siglo XXI (1970-2012)," Cochabamba, Bolivia, November 28-30, 2012."

The Chinese Revolution and Latin America: The Impact of Global Communist Networks on Latin American Social Movements and Guerrilla Groups." Presented at the conference "Cold War Encounters: National, International and Transnational History in the 20th Century," University of Waterloo, Ontario, October 16, 2010.

* "Comparando la influencia de la revolución china en Bolivia y el Perú." [Comparing the Influence of the Chinese Revolution in Bolivia and Peru]. Presented at the Biblioteca del la Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional [Library of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly], La Paz, Bolivia, July 8, 2010.

* "La influencia de la revolución china en Bolivia." [The Influence of the Chinese Revolution in Bolivia]. Presented at the Universidad Pública de El Alto, El Alto, Bolivia, July 6, 2010.

* "La influencia de la revolución china en Bolivia." [The Influence of the Chinese Revolution in Bolivia]. Presented at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia, June 28, 2010.

"Transpacific Solidarities: A Mexican Case Study on the Diffusion of Maoism in Latin America." Presented at the Third Annual Midwest Workshop on Latin American History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 4–5, 2008.

"Transpacific Solidarities: A Mexican Case Study on the Diffusion of Maoism in Latin America." Presented at the conference "The Cold War in Asia: Beyond Geopolitics and Diplomacy," Sun Yat-sen University (co-sponsored by Harvard University and the University of Manchester), Guangzhou, China, November 1–2, 2007.

"The Origins of Latin American Maoism: A Mexican Case Study." Presented at the 13th congress of the Federación Internacional de Estudios sobre América Latina y el Caribe: "América Latina-Caribe y Asia-Pacífico en el siglo XXI," Macau, September 25–28, 2007.

"Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Creation of Mexican Maoism." Presented at the conference "New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness," Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, June 13–16, 2007.

"Transpacific Solidarities: Latin American Maoists and China." Presented at the conference "Solidarities Through History," Columbia University, March 30, 2007.

* "Revolucionarios transpacíficos: La influencia de la revolución china en América Latina" [Transpacific Revolutionaries: The Influence of the Chinese Revolution in Latin America]. Presented at the Biblioteca del H. Congreso [Library of Congress], La Paz, Bolivia, March 22, 2007.

"Transpacific Encounters, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Origins of Mexican Maoism." Presented at the First North American Conference on the Study of Global Radicalism, Michigan State University, January 25–27, 2007.

"Transpacific Revolutionaries: Latin Americans Learn from Maoist China (a Mexican Case Study)." Presented at the conference "The Fortieth Anniversary: Rethinking the Genealogy and Legacy of the Cultural Revolution," City University of Hong Kong, June 9–10, 2006.

"Antonio Díaz Martínez, the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Creation of Peruvian Maoism." Presented at the Regional Mellon Conference in Latin American History, University of Chicago, April 8–9, 2005.

"Antonio Díaz Martínez and the Creation of Peruvian Maoism." Presented at the 25th Conference of the Institute for Latin American Studies Student Association, Austin, TX, February 10–12, 2005.

Conference Panels Organized
"Latin America in the Aftermath of the Chinese and Cuban Revolutions." American Historical Association 127th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6, 2013.

Media Appearances
Interviewed in "El impacto de esta era en la mente de Abimael Guzmán," El Comercio (Lima), May 22, 2016.

Conference participation discussed in Claudia Gonzales Yaksic, "Congreso de Historia reúne masiva audiencia," Los Tiempos (Cochabamba), November 29, 2012.

Interviewed in Claudia Gonzales Yaksic, "La dictadura militar fue más fuerte en Bolivia," Los Tiempos (Cochabamba), November 28, 2012.

Guest on Que No Me Pierda national evening talk show (Bolivia), November 28, 2012.

Guest on ATB Cochabamba "Noticias de la mañana" morning news television show, November 28, 2012.

Interviewed on radio program "Combates por la historia" in La Paz, Bolivia, March 15, 2007.

Honors and Awards
External Grant Summer Research Fellowship, University of Southern Indiana, 2012

Faculty Research and Creative Work Award, University of Southern Indiana, 2010

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award, University of Southern Indiana, 2009

Liberal Arts Research Award, University of Southern Indiana, 2009

Dean's Scholar Award Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007

Albert J. Beveridge Grant for Research in the History of the Western Hemisphere, American Historical Association, 2006

David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship, National Security Education Program, 2006

Multi-Country Research Fellowship, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, 2006 (declined)

Provost's Award for Graduate Research, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006

Judy Curry Endowed Award for Study Abroad, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006

Graduate Student Council Travel Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006, 2007

Student Travel Award, Graduate College, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Courses Taught
Globalization in World History since 1945 (spring 2016)
U.S. History since 1876 (spring 2016)
U.S. History since 1877 (fall 2013, spring 2014)
U.S.-Latin American Relations (spring 2013)
World History to 1500 (fall 2012)
Historiography (fall 2011, spring 2012)
Modern Latin American History (spring 2011)
History Seminar: International Communism (spring 2011)
Colonial Latin American History (fall 2010)
Revolution and Revolutionaries in Latin America (spring 2010, fall 2011)
Latin America in the Global Cold War (fall 2009)
World History, 1500-Present (fall 2009-spring 2010, fall 2012)
Latin America in Recent Times (fall 2008)
China Since 1911 (spring 2005)

Graduate Courses Taught
Readings in Modern Latin American History (fall 2013)

Distance Education Courses Taught
World History, 1500–Present (fall 2010–spring 2012, spring 2013)

Service to the Profession
NEH Summer Stipend peer review panel, fall 2015.

Manuscript reviewer, Oxford University Press.

Discussant on "Imperial and Common Histories: The United States and Latin America during the Twentieth Century" at the 127th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6, 2013.

Panelist on "The Academic Job Market in World History" roundtable session at the 21st World History Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 27-30, 2012.

Discussant on "The Final Frontier: Bringing Star Trek into the Classroom" panel at the 21st World History Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 27-30, 2012.

Editor of H-Latam email list since Feb. 2010. (Main professional listserv for historians of Latin America.)

University Service
Chair, Assessment Committee, Department of History & Geography, Texas Southern University, fall 2012 to present.

General Education Subcommittee of the University Assessment Council and the University Curriculum Council, Texas Southern University, fall 2012-present.

Faculty Advisor, Amalgam: A Multidisciplinary Journal by and for the Students of USI, spring 2012.

Chair, Assessment Committee, Department of History, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2011–spring 2012.

U.S. History Search Committee, Department of History, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2011–spring 2012.

Faculty Development Award Committee, College of Liberal Arts, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2011–spring 2012.

Curriculum Committee, Department of History, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2009–spring 2011.

Faculty Sponsor of Student History Society, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2010–spring 2011.

Oral Histories Committee, Office of the President, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2010–spring 2011.

Distinguished Professor Lecture Committee, College of Liberal Arts, University of Southern Indiana, fall 2010–spring 2011.

McGucken Prize Committee, Department of History, University of Southern Indiana, spring 2010.

Professional Affiliations
American Historical Association
Latin American Studies Association
Conference on Latin American History
World History Association

Language Skills
Fluent in Spanish and Finnish
Beginning competency in Mandarin