Alexander Aviña is an Associate Professor of Latin American history in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He is a historian of postcolonial Latin America with a focus on radical movements, state violence, and rural politics in Mexico after 1940.
His book, "Specters of Revolution: Peasant Guerrillas in the Cold War Mexican Countryside" (Oxford University Press, 2014), was awarded the Maria Elena Martínez Book Prize in Mexican History for 2015 by the Conference on Latin American History. He has also published articles in the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research and the NACLA Report on the Americas. He is a graduate of Saint Mary's College of California (BA, History) and the University of Southern California (PhD, History).
His current research project explores the links between the political economy of narcotics, drug wars, and state violence in 1960s and 70s Mexico.