Ben W. Fallaw

Professor of Latin American Studies

Box 5323

Phone: 207-859-5323
Mailing Address:
5323 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8853
Fallaw, Ben W.


PhD University of Chicago 1995
M.A. University of Chicago 1990
B.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1988

Areas of Expertise

  • Mexico and Modern Latin America
  • The Chuch and anticlericalism in Latin America
  • Maya Ethnohistory
  • Lazaro Cardenas, president of Mexico from 1934-1940
  • The Military in Mexico
  • The Press in Latin America
  • Modern Yucatan

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
GS113 AIndigenous Rights: A Reading Group
LA173 AHistory of Latin America, 1491 to 1900
LA174 AIntroduction to Latin American Studies
LA272 AMexican History: Justice, Rights, and Revolution
LA378 AU.S. in Latin America: Intervention, Influence, Integration

Professional Information

Ben Fallaw received his PhD in Latin American history from the University of Chicago in December of 1995. Mr. Fallaw offers classes in Latin American History; Latin American Studies; the History of the Maya; Caudillos and Populism in Modern Latin America and Spain; Law, Society and Rebellion in Mexico; and the Roots of Violence in Latin America. He enjoys teaching Latin American Studies as opposed to just history because it allows him to bring his interests in anthropology and indigenous cultures, film, and literature into the classroom. He lived in Mexico City and Merida in 1992-93 on a Fulbright fellowship, and in Mexico City in 2002-2003 while on an ACLS-Ryskamp fellowship. Fallaw especially enjoys working with students doing honors theses and independent studies on Latin American topics.

Current Research

I am writing an ethnobiography of mestizo politician Bartolome Garcia Correa (1893-1978), governor of the southeastern Mexican state of Yucatan and co-founder of the PRI (Party of the Institutionalized Revolution) that rules the nation. The manuscript's working title is "Between the Maya and the Mexican Revolution: Bartolome Garcia Correa's Mestizo Politics"


Religion and State Formation in Postrevolutionary Mexico (Duke University Press, 2013)
Personal Enemies of God: Anticlericals and Anticlericalism in Revolutionary Mexico, 1915-1940, special edition of the Americas 65:4 (April 2009), co-edited with Matthew Butler.
Forced Marches: Soldiers and Military Caciques in Modern Mexico (Arizona, 2012)
"'Anti-Priests' versus Catholic-Socialists in 1930s Campeche: Federal Teachers, Revolutionary Communes, and Anticlericalism," in Matthew Butler, ed. Faith and Impiety in Revolutionary Mexico (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007): 203-223.
"Bartolome Garcia Correa and the Politics of Maya Identity in Postrevolutionary Yucatan, 1915-1993," Ethnohistory 55:4 (Fall 2008): 553-578.
Cardenas Compromised: The Failure of Reform in Postrevolutionary Yucatan (Duke, 2001)
Co-edited Journal of Latin American Anthropology special edition "The Maya Identity of Yucatan: Re-Thinking Ethnicity, History, and Anthropology" 9:1 (Spring 2004)
“The Seduction of Revolution: Anticlerical Campaigns against Confession in Mexico, 1914-1935,” Journal of Latin American Studies 45:1 (February 2013): 91-120.
Heroes and Hero Cults in Latin America, co-edited with Samuel Brunk (Texas Press, 2006).
Peripheral Visions: Politics, Society, and the Challenges of Modernity in Yucatan (with Edward Terry, Gil Joseph, and Edward Moseley) (Alabama, 2010)

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Honors Thesis Directed

Heidi Blair (Latin American Studies), “Protecting Patagonia: Action and Inaction against the HidroAysén Dam Proposal in Chile,” 2011-2012. Kathryn Wassam (Latin American Studies), “Return from Exile: The Untold Story of Pinochet-Era Exiles’ Reintegration in Chile,” 2011-2012. Charlotte Olena (Global Studies), “Irony in the Amazon: Indigenous Identity and the Politics of Development in the Bolivian Lowlands, ” 2011-2012. Sarah de Liefde (Latin American Studies), "Gendering the Guatemalan Counterinsurgency," 2008-2009. Catherine Coffman (History), "The Dust Between Two Fires: Civilian Militias in Ayacucho, Peru and Middle Magdalena Valley, Colombia," 2008-2009. Stephanie Bowman (Latin American Studies), "In the Absence of Family: How Private Honduran Children's Homes Meet the Needs of At-Risk Youth," 2007-2008. Abigail Hall (Latin American Studies), "The Penguins" Revolution: An Analysis of Student Response to the Multi-Dimensional Chilean Educational Crisis," 2007-2008. Nicole Terrillion (International Studies), "Cultivating Urban Ecological Citizenship: NGOs and Environmental Perception in Quito, Ecuador," 2007-2008. Cornelia Sage (History), "Museo de la Memoria: An Exploration through Memory of ESMA," 2006-2007. Laura Snider (International Studies), "Mobilized Mothers and Women Warriors in Sri Lanka and Chile," 2005-2006. Gabriel Reyes (Latin American Studies), "The Continuous Struggle for Representation in the Venezuelan State," 2004-2005. Melissa Rosales (Latin American Studies), "Education, Vocational Skills, and Active Participation as Vehicles to Empowerment: The Impact of Non-governmental Organizations on Street Children in La Paz, Bolivia,: 2003-2004. Eliza Kittredge (International Studies), "A Time of Pachakutik: An Examination of the Ecuadorian Indigenous Movement, 2001-2002.


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