María L.O. Muñoz, Ph.D.

Department: History

Associate Professor of History

Program Director of GO Spanish Language & Culture

Department Head of History

  • Education
  • PHD, Univ of Arizona
  • MA, Univ of Nebraska Lincoln
  • BA, Univ of La Verne

I am an associate professor of history and earned my doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson., my M.A. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and my B.A. from the University of La Verne in Southern California.

I am a historian of constructions of race and the "other," political identities, violence, social movements, indigenous mobilizations and concepts of self-determination and liberation.

I am the author of Stand Up and Fight: Participatory Indigenismo, Populism and Mobilization in Mexico, 1970-1984 (University of Arizona Press, 2016) and co-editor of Populism in 20th Century Mexico: The Presidencies of Lázaro Cárdenas and Luis Echeverría (University of Arizona Press, 2010).

I am currently working on a book-length project examining the intersections of a global human rights discourse, the Dirty Wars, indigenous activism, state-sponsored violence and demands for indigenous self-determination in Latin America during the 1960s to the 1990s.

I teach colonial and modern Latin American history surveys as well as advanced courses on the history of race, violence, terror and revolutions. I have taught several courses in the Honors Program, including HONS 200: Thought and Civilizations, HONS 290: Sophomore Essay Project/Presentation, and HONS 400: honors Colloquium.

In addition, I have served as program director for GO Spanish Language and Culture (and Morocco), GO Cuba, GO Puerto Rico and GO New Orleans

I am currently the chair of the History Department.

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Courses taught:

  • ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking
  • HIST-180 Latin America, 1492 - 1825
  • HIST-181 Latin American History, 1825 - Present
  • HIST-390 Violence, Terror, and Race
  • HIST-401 Collective Inquiry in History
  • HIST-410 Seminar in History
  • HIST-501 Independent Study
  • HONS-290 Sophomore Essay/Project/Presentation
  • HONS-400 Senior Capstone Seminar
  • OFFP-SPAN Spanish Language & Culture
  • OFFR-SPAN Spanish Language & Culture
  • OFFS-SPAN Spanish Language & Culture