Jaime M. Pensado

Jaime M. Pensado


Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor; Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies; Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies; Director of the Mexico Working Group

Graduate Program Field

Latin American History

To learn more about the Mexico Working Group:


Modern Latin America


B.A. and M.A., California State University
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research and Teaching Interests

Jaime Pensado grew up in Mexico City. He moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of fourteen, where he received his B.A and M.A. Pensado earned his Ph.D in 2008. He taught at Lehigh University before coming to Notre Dame in Fall 2008. Pensado’s main interests include modern Mexican history with a particular emphasis in student politics, youth culture, and the Cold War.

Recent publication:

Rebel Mexico. Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture During the Long Sixties (Stanford University Press, 2013). http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=21854

“Utopian Dreams: A History of Student Activism in Latin America,” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (Fall, 2012)

“Between Young Men and Mischievous Children: Youth, Transgression, and Protest in Late-Nineteenth Century Mexico,” in The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth  4, 1 (Winter 2011)

"Student Politics in Mexico at the Wake of the Cuban Revolution," in Robert Clarke et. al., eds., New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (Toronto/New York: Between the Lines & Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

"The (Forgotten) Sixties in Mexico." In The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture 1, 1 (May, 2008)

"'To Assault with the Truth':  The Revitalization of Conservative Militancy in Mexico During the Global Sixties," in The Americas, Special Issue:  "Latin America in the Global Sixties," Vol. 70, No 3 (January 2014)

 “El Movimiento Estudiantil Profesional (MEP): una mirada a la radicalización de la juventud católica mexicana durante la Guerra Fría,” Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos, Vol 31. No. 1 (Winter, 2015), 156-192.

Current research: My second book project takes up a set of research questions that have not been addressed in the historiography of modern Mexico, but which I argue, will complicate our understanding of the turbulent, combative, and at a times contradictory character of the Cold War era: how did conservative and progressive sectors of the Catholic Church—particularly those invested in education, student politics and entertainment—respond to the contentious environment that emerged inside Mexico’s most important universities during the postwar era? How did young Catholic students respond to the rise of leftist militancy that came to characterize their schools in the wake of the Cuban Revolution?

Contact Information

Office: Decio 469
Phone: 574-631-1538

Mailing Address:
Department of History
219 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556