Worcester State University
History & Political Science Department


Aldo V. Garcia Guevara

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Office: Sullivan 327H
Phone: 508-929-8585
Email: aguevara@worcester.edu

PhD, University of Texas at Austin (2007)
MA, University of Texas at Austin (2002)
BA, University of North Carolina Asheville (1999)

Areas of Specialization
Latin American History, Native American History.  I have taken a peripatetic path through academia.  My educational sojourns have included stays at places large (The University of Texas at Austin) and small (Brandeis University), north (Cornell University) and south (The University of North Carolina at Asheville) and of course public and private.  Along the way I have at times majored or minored in fine arts, architecture, economics, education, and finally history.  I have been inspired by great professors across the disciplines and fellow students at all these schools, and people in the many towns and cities.  I believe in challenging students, helping them see the world and their lives in new ways, and to helping find their voice, supported by historical evidence.

My research focuses on dictatorships and popular action in El Salvador in the 20th Century. I have looked at how the Salvadoran military government sought to control its citizens through the courts, police and the media, and how people challenged these institutions in their daily lives.  I also look at how states demonize some groups (like criminals and Communists) and praise and support others (like business leaders and pliant peasants). This research has led me to examine other repressive governments in Latin America and throughout the world and the ways that people have challenged them, from armed Revolution to Liberation Theology to peaceful demonstrations.  I also look at how individuals’ class, sex, ethnicity, race, gender expression, religious affiliation, etc affect their roles and understandings of these negotiations.

Dissertation title:  "Justice and Social Control in a Military Dictatorship:  El Salvador, 1932-1972."

HI 111, 112, and 113 US History I, II and III
HI 205 Native America: Past and Present
HI 213 Colonial Latin America
HI 214 Modern Latin America
HI 233 History of Latin America
HI 333 Women in Latin America
HI 450/990 Latin America through Film


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