Jaime Pensado

Jaime Pensado

Associate Professor

(574) 631-1538
469 Decio
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Time Period(s)
Political, Urban
Latin America

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 at the University of Chicago 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.

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?


México Beyond 1968: Revolutionaries, Radicals, and Repression during the Global Sixties and Subversive Seventies; co-edited with Enrique C. Ochoa (University of Arizona Press, 2018). https://uapress.arizona.edu/book/mexico-beyond-1968

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

Articles and Essays:

“Entre perdigones, provocadores y noticias apócrifas: Un caso comparativo a la represión estatal durante el movimiento estudiantil del ’68 en México y Uruguay” in Vania Markarian, ed., Movimientos estudiantiles del siglo XX en América Latina (Editorial de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, 2018)

“A ‘Third Way’ in Christ: The Project of the Corporación de Estudiantes Mexicanos (CEM) in Cold War Mexico,” in Stephen Andes and Julia Young, eds., Local Church, Global Church: Catholic Activism in the Americas before Vatican II (The Catholic University of America Press, 2016).  

“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.

"'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)

“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)