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Mr Fernando H Calderon

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My dissertation "Contesting Hegemony Beyond the Ivory Tower: Students Insurgents during Mexico’s 'Dirty War,' 1962-1982," traces the origins of five urban guerrilla movements during the Mexican "dirty war." This dissertation looks at the culture of rebellion and revolution in the 1970s in Mexico, and how a new generation of individuals conceived a culture of rebellion. It explores the participation of Mexican students in armed struggles during this period, the debates regarding student’s contributions to national political culture, the ways they reframed the demands of previous struggles in relation to national and international developments, and how youth responded in diverse ways to 1968 and the new challenges of the 1970s. Advisers: Patrick McNamara and Jeffrey Pilcher


  • Modern Mexico, student radicalism, 1968, Marxism, urban guerrilla insurrections, comparative revolutions, Mexican Dirty War, memory, and politics of violence.
  • Other interests: Modern Peru, The Shining Path, Human Rights, and Cold War in Latin America.

Educational Background

  • MA: History; Advisor: Carlos Aguirre , University of Oregon, Eugene, 2006.
  • BA: Spanish and Latin American Studies, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, 2004.


  • Challenging Authoritarianism in Mexico: Revolutionary Struggles and the “Dirty War“, 1964-1981 . Calderon, Fernando, Adela Cedillo , Routledge , Co-Editor, forthcoming.

Professional Activities

  • "The Mexican "dirty war" in History": Memoria, Historia y Projecto Social: Lucha Armada; Mexico City , 2010
  • "The Specter of Tlatelolco: Urban Guerrillas in Guadalajara During Mexico's Dirty War": RMCLAS, Flagstaff, AZ , 2008
  • "Power Not From the Barrel of a Gun: Unorthodox Maoism in Mexico": NGPHC, Brandon, Manitoba , 2008
  • "Rebelismo with Cultura: The Culture of Underground Organizations in Mexico, 1968-1981": RMCLAS, Denver , 2006


  • University of Oregon Summer Grant, 2005
  • University of Oregon Graduate Teaching Fellowship, 2004 - 2006
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program, 2008
  • Donovan Graduate Fellowship, 2007
  • University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship, 2007 - 2010
  • Council of Graduate Students Grant, 2008
  • Council of Graduate Students Grant, 2009
  • International Thesis Grant, 2009
  • Beca Teixidor, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2009
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